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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
 
Bonita
The bittersweet lady
This bright and smooth crossover makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
Availability
January - March
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy
Taste: 
bittersweet
Ambrosia™
Snow White’s apple is sweet as honey
With its red cheeks, the Ambrosia™ 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
Cherries
The sweet seducer
Vitamins and healthy minerals are naturally present in the juice of our cherries. But our farmers make them unique: they allow them to patiently unfold their magnificent aroma and their complete sweetness and then harvest them lovingly by hand. It is really good to eat cherries from the Venosta Valley farmers.
Availability
mid July - mid August
Appearance: 
round heart-shaped, bright dark red to violet-black with very long stems
Features: 
firm, crispy and juicy
Taste: 
sweet with pleasant acidity
 
 

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