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Schönthaler Bernd

BIO Organic Producer

“A decision that influences the whole world.”

My story

Bernd Schönthaler lives with his family in the village of Oris, at the foot of Val Venosta's Monte Sole Mountain. The Lasa marble quarry is close by; this is the source of world-famous, pure, white stone. The protected habitat of the Oris forest fen is also close to the family business. Bernd graduated from the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg. For him, being a farmer provides lots of satisfaction and pleasure. He treasures working in the Val Venosta mountain air. Bernd especially loves the "life" in his orchards: apple trees, grass, herbs, bushes and beneficial organisms which have colonised everywhere and help him in his work. His plots are ideally located for organic farming. Many are surrounded by natural forest, and even the neighbouring meadows are organically farmed. For Bernd, converting to organics in 1997 represented a way of handling his land in a more gentle way, and in turn this is better for the whole environment. Organics, he says, are for the humans  and for the environment.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Gala
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
Availability
September - March
Appearance: 
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
Features: 
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
Taste: 
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
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
Jonagold
The versatile gold piece
To be consumed fresh, baked, cooked, stewed and toasted, the apple of New York really is worth gold.
Availability
October - August
Appearance: 
greenish yellow with crimson basic colour, striped and covered in faded red
Features: 
juicy with loose, crispy and slightly grainy pulp
Taste: 
bittersweet with a balanced ratio of sugar and acid
Golden Delicious
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.
Availability
October - September
 
Appearance: 
greenish yellow to golden yellow
Features: 
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
Taste: 
sweet with delicate acidity
Pinova
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.
Availability
January - June
 
Appearance: 
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
Features: 
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Taste: 
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
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
from October to March
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
Blueberries
The blue wonders
Blueberries are a real treat for the eyes. Not only because they taste so good, but also because they provide a keen sense of sight thanks to their high vitamin A content.
Availability
beginning of July - end of August
Appearance: 
dark blue to violet-black shell
Features: 
clear bite, light pulp with reddish juice, rich in vitamin A.
Taste: 
Discreetly sweet
 
 

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