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Erlacher Herbert

BIO Organic Producer – Törggelehof

„My apples: a pleasure at every bite.“

My story

Herbert Erlacher is the third generation of his family to run the Törggele farm on the famous “Waalweg” path along an irrigation channel in Plars di Sopra. In the past, when his grandmother bought the “Törggeler”, wine grapes used to be grown here. These days, Herbert organically grows the following apple varieties: Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, Pinova and Golden Delicious. This sunny hillside location does not just give the apples rosy cheeks but it is also home to old chestnut trees which line the woodland through which the hilly path to the church used to run. This narrow and steep path was the route which the inhabitants of Plars di Sopra used to have to take to get to mass in the neighbouring village. Herbert loves the work amidst all this nature. He converted to organic farming in 2000, shortly after he took over. As the quality of his trees did not convince him, he opted for new plantings and adopted organic production at the same time. "Now I am in harmony with nature," says Herbert, "and I get products which are really natural as a result." Working closely with nature is more time consuming, but the extra effort is definitely worth it: "I love every bite I take out of one of my apples. Because I know that they are completely healthy."
 

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
from September to 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
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
from October to November
 
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
from January to 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
Fuji
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
Availability
from November to 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
from October to 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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