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Schönthaler Helmut

BIO Organic Producer

“Organic is a synonym for great respect.”

My story

Helmut 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. The Schönthaler family have been running the farm for three generations. Helmut's other job is at a middle school where he teaches German, History and Geography. In addition to vegetables, he also grows apples. He mainly grows red-skinned varieties, Gala and Topaz, but he also has several local heritage varieties which can hardly be found anywhere else. His brother and wife provide support. Helmut learnt the necessary knowledge on numerous agricultural courses. His farm is also his hobby and he loves all the tasks involved, from composting to pruning and harvest. Organics are for him a healthy way of farming. They stand for a natural world in which the farmer is a necessary component. Working organically means working with nature.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
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
Cauliflower
The gentle lady
The white cabbage with discrete aroma represents 95% of the vegetables production in the Venosta Valley. By the way, it owes its floral name to a botanical peculiarity: cabbage is the state of the plant that has not yet blossomed.
Availability
beginning of June - end of October
Appearance: 
Fleshy, flower sprouts together in a radiant white head and green leaves
Features: 
rich in vitamin C and minerals, crispy
Taste: 
soft with a subtle aroma
Red chicory
Softly bitter and crunchy
Enough of long faces! Red chicory not only tastes very good, but it is also a balm for blood vessels and digestion thanks to its high content of Intybin.
Availability
beginning of June - end of September
Appearance: 
dark burgundy with broad leaves like white ribs, long oval shape, oblong with rounded outer leaves, compact core
Features: 
solid and compact consistency
Taste: 
slightly bitter, with a bitter spicy note
Potatoes
The energetic world citizen
These tubers have it all: Not only are they truly nutritious, but they also come in different versions: from soft to solid and compact, they grow in the Venosta Valley so that each recipe has the right potato for it.
Availability
beginning of August - end of October
Appearance: 
rounded-elongated tuber with brown shell
Features: 
yellow pulp
Taste: 
mild and slightly soft
Gala
Juicy, sweet aroma and low level of acid.
 
 

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