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Ausserer Christoph

BIO Organic Producer – Ortlerhof

„Organic is the real key to success.“

My story

Ciardes village is perched on a scree cone at the foot of the Monte Sole Mountain, and is steeped in tradition. Christoph Ausserer's farm has been here since 1327 and has been in the family since 1600. It is still family-run today and father and son share the work between them. In the past there were pears, apricots and vineyards here, but now organic apples are the main crop. Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, Pinova, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, as well as proud cherry trees all grow together on the slopes. Christoph has been organic since 2007. "Because it's the right way to farm successfully." For him success is defined by its relationship to the future. Christoph gained his knowledge of production in harmony with nature at the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg. He is keen to emphasise that this natural approach brings a lot of variety to the day-to-day tasks of farming: picking is very sociable, the harvest is extremely labour intensive and pruning is a solitary time. Christoph's view is that "all that can be tasted in the end product. Especially with my apples."
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Gala
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
Availability
September - March
Appearance: 
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
Features: 
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
Taste: 
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
Red Delicious
Red seduction
The image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
Availability
October - May
 
Appearance: 
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
Features: 
juicy with very white pulp
Taste: 
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
Golden Delicious
The classic delicious
Golden Delicious is our main variety and, therefore, the queen of Val Venosta apples. That the most popular apple has a real quality, can be seen in its lovely red cheek. By the way, this is typical of fruits on a hillside.
Availability
October - September
 
Appearance: 
greenish yellow to golden yellow
Features: 
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
Taste: 
sweet with delicate acidity
Pinova
The Val Venosta resistant
The Pinova with its red vermilion-red skin is a typical apple of Val Venosta. Not only is it colourful, it also has a very balanced flavour. Thanks to its long durability, it offers you unlimited fruit enjoyment until the summer season.
Availability
January - June
 
Appearance: 
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
Features: 
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Taste: 
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
Ambrosia™
Snow White’s apple is sweet as honey
With its red cheeks, the AmbrosiaTM is really good for biting. Children especially love this particularly sweet apple, which makes this healthy snack literally a treat!
Availability
October - April
 
Appearance: 
yellow base colour with flaming red secondary colour
Features: 
juicy and crispy pulp
Taste: 
very sweet and juicy, reminiscent of honey and nectar
Fuji
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
Availability
November - May
 
Appearance: 
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape
Features: 
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
Taste: 
very sweet and aromatic
Braeburn
The juicy all-terrain
For a small snack between meals or used in many ways in the kitchen and bakery: The Braeburn is a true all-terrain. Be patient with it, as it develops its full aroma only after several storage months.
Availability
October - May
 
Appearance: 
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
Features: 
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
Taste: 
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing
 
 

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