BIO Organic Producer – Puintnerhof
“Business before pleasure: strictly organic.”
Birds help to keep pests at bay
Mowing by hand has a long tradition
Cleaning the scythe with grass
You can see pests better with a magnifying glass
Franz Puintner lives with his family in the central Val Venosta in the village of Lasa. This is where rare, pure white, marble is quarried to be shipped to selected prestige architectural projects around the world. The Puintner farm has been in the family for over 100 years and Franz inherited it around 16 years ago from his parents. This is a small business and his wife and children help out. At the moment he grows Golden Delicious and Topaz, and is planning to add further red varieties gradually over time. Franz teaches mathematics and metalwork at the vocational high school in Silandro. He loves his tractor and all the jobs which he can get done with it. For him, the best time of year is harvest. Franz converted his orchards to organics in 1993. Health was the most persuasive argument for him. "Our apple orchards are right next to the farmhouse," says Franz, "and I want my nearest and dearest to grow up healthily. By that I mean my family and all the natural products which I farm."
Where I live
The image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
October - May
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
juicy with very white pulp
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
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 beautiful acid
Topaz makes biting the sour apple worthy! The aromatic fruit impresses with a pleasant acidity and is also a common variety in organic farming.
Dicember - April
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx