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Schrötter Leonhard

BIO Organic Producer – Niedermairhof

“Nature has to be taken as it is.”

My story

Leonhard Schrötter lives in Plars di Sopra. His Niedermair farm has been in the family for three generations and he became the farmer at the age of 17 after a tragic accident. He learnt the necessary foundations for managing a farm in Klein-Altendorf, near Bonn. These days, Leonhard grows various organic apple varieties in his orchards and is ably assisted by his eldest daughter. Both of them love wine-making too, and have a soft spot for talking shop over a few home-made drops. Their own products are offered to the guests who come on holiday to the apartments on the farm. The sun-drenched southern part of the property is their particular favourite, with its view of the wide valley floor around the Mediterranean spa town of Merano. Streams, forests and meadows lie around their land, and their neighbours also work organically. "What the others were already doing turned out to be infectious!" says Leonhard, who made the switch to organics in 2000. "I wanted to take a step backwards. I didn't want to exploit the land any more. You have to take nature the way it is. Anything else would be artificial."
 
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
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
Nicoter / Kanzi®
Balanced freshness
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience, almost like yoga for the palate.
Availability
December - July
 
Appearance: 
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape
Features: 
compact, firm pulp, very crispy and juicy
Taste: 
balanced ratio of sugar and acid
Braeburn
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.
Availability
October - May
 
Appearance: 
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
Features: 
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
Taste: 
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing
 
 

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