BIO Organic Producer Management: Markus Puintner
„An organic apple is a food full of life.“
Discussing the quality of the apples
Assessing the apple trees
Apple crates being prepared for the harvest
Alfred values the work of his farm manager
Markus looking after Alfred's apple orchards
Alfred Karner lives with his family in Prad, near to the Stelvio Pass, and his land is run by a business manager. Markus Puintner already decided to go organic ten years ago. These days all his relations lend him a hand. He would not be able to cope otherwise as Markus is a very busy man. He runs a business, farms his own small estate, cooks for the two holiday apartments in the child-friendly organic farmstay, and does metalwork and teaches at the Silandro technical college for metalworking. After converting his business to the organic way, Markus continued his education with courses in organic agriculture. "Organics are the best method available to allow us to live and work together with nature." He is particularly proud of his apples. "They are real food for life. They have only natural input and it is the work of my own two hands, together with Val Venosta's natural world, which makes them grow."
Where I live
The versatile gold piece
To be consumed fresh, baked, cooked, stewed and toasted, the apple of New York really is worth gold.
October - August
greenish yellow with crimson basic colour, striped and covered in faded red
juicy with loose, crispy and slightly grainy pulp
bittersweet with a balanced ratio of sugar and acid
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.
October - September
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
sweet with delicate acidity
Nicoter / Kanzi®
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience, almost like yoga for the palate.
October - June
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape