BIO Organic Producer – Tschötterlehof
„A small apple orchard can also give you great satisfaction.“
Father and son, a strong team
Mowing with view of the snow-covered peaks
Time for talking
Helmuth doesn’t see his apple orchards as a job but as a hobby
While Helmuth ties the trees to the framework, his son tries to mow with a scythe
Helmut Ladurner is from Plars and does not see himself as a farmer. He says, "organic apple growing is more of a hobby for me". Helmuth used to be an electrician and is now retired. He has a small apple orchard which he tends with his own hands because he does not have any machinery. If he needs a tractor, then Helmuth fetches his works manager. He decided back in 1993 to convert his property to organics. "It was my contribution to the environment. Less is often more." Helmuth's apple trees have the inimitable look of an old orchard. It is criss-crossed with lots of little, low walls and slabs of stone. Birds and other beneficial organisms find natural habitats here. A wayside cross proudly guards the orchard and looks down to the spa town of Merano below. Old artificial "Waal" irrigation channels run past the field. No wonder bringing in the crop is Helmuth's favourite job. That's when he harvests, in the fullest sense of the word, the fruit of the labour of his hands.
Where I live
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
September - March
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
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.
January - June
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour