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Rieper Egon

BIO Organic Producer

“Nature is an extraordinary creature.”

My story

Egon Rieper lives in Lana with his family. The house is at the southern end of the Merano basin. However, his organic farm is in lower Val Venosta between Rablà and Plaus, with a wonderful view of the Texel Group mountains. The farm has been in the family since 1986. These days, Egon manages it with his son, Hannes, an electrician.

Egon gained his solid, practical education in agriculture at the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg. He loves working with his hands on the farm and is happy to leave the tractor driving to others. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that all the orchards are all joined together in the same place, which makes the distances very short.

There is a channel which runs through the orchard, which creates a small, natural habitat between the apple trees. Egon converted the farm to organics in 2009. For him, it was all about the land and handling nature in the right way. He says that nature is unique and should be given back to the world in the same state in which we found it.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Bonita
The bittersweet lady
This bright and smooth crossover makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
Availability
January - March
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy
Taste: 
bittersweet
Red Delicious
Red seduction
The image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
Availability
October - May
 
Appearance: 
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
Features: 
juicy with very white pulp
Taste: 
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
Topaz
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.
Availability
Dicember - April
Appearance: 
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
Features: 
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
Taste: 
acidified with sharp acidity
 
 

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