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.
from September to 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 image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
from October to May
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
juicy with very white pulp
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
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.
from October to November
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
sweet with delicate 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.
from January to June
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
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.
from October to May
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing