BIO Organic Producer – Franz & Georg Moarhof
“A job that is, above all, a duty.“
Georg takes a look at the „Waal“, an irrigation channel
Inspecting the condition of the bloom
There is a lot to do in a newly planted orchard
Young trees are tied to a framework for a better growth
The Moarhof, a family business, is a so-called South Tyrol heritage estate
Georg Tappeiner runs Moar farm in Colsano at the foot of the Monte Sole Mountain in Val Venosta. The area has had a lively history. Take, for example, the dry stone walls in the fields: they are made with remains of the Via Claudia Augusta Roman road. As for the Moar farm, it is a heritage estate. That is the official title for South Tyrolean farms which have belonged to the same family for over 200 years.
The farm's old mill dates back to the 16th century and when it turns for demonstrations it eloquently tells the story of growing grain in harder times. These days Georg grows Golden Delicious, Gala, Red Delicious and Braeburn apples. He can count on his family to help out and his wife and parents put in a lot of work. The sites are very steep, exceeding a gradient of 40% in some places. This means that a lot of the work has to be done by hand.
Despite this, the apples have been produced organically since 2000. It takes conviction. "We often have to grit our teeth." Georg has a lot to be proud of now though: he has healthy products, and above all healthy land, which he will be able to pass on to the next generation with pleasure.
Where I live
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
September - March
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
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 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.
October - September
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
sweet with delicate acidity
Snow White’s apple is sweet as honey
With its red cheeks, the AmbrosiaTM is really good for biting. Children especially love this particularly sweet apple, which makes this healthy snack literally a treat!
December - April
yellow base colour with flaming red secondary colour
juicy and crispy pulp
very sweet and juicy, reminiscent of honey and nectar
Scilate / Envy™
The fresh surprise
For its juicy sweetness and light pear note, you can really envy the Scilate / EnvyTM. In addition, you can share it very well with friends, because even if the apple likes to sunbathe, its pulp never gets tanned.
December - April
red background colour, slightly striped
very juicy, compact and crunchy pulp
sweet and juicy with a light pear aroma
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.
October - May
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing