BIO Organic Producer – Spölhof
„Nature is part of our family.“
Satisfied with the day's work
Time for the family. Tasting the homemade apple pie.
Organic producer Friedrich on the way to his orchards
Looking for useful insects and pests
Organic producer Friedrich thins out the apple trees by hand
Along with his wife, Helga, and his son, Manuel, Friedrich Zöschg manages the apple growing in his farm going by the same name. Nature is especially important for the Zöschg family. "Organics," says Friedrich, "are all about living with plants and respecting their characteristics unconditionally." That is why he starts every day by biting into an apple. For him, the summer is the best time because he can walk around the orchards and watch the apples thrive. That is when new ideas come to him, like using the mythical power of rock crystals. He gained his well-grounded knowledge at the South Tyrol technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg. Friedrich grows Jonagold and Golden Delicious, with the red blush which is so typical of the Val Venosta gentle hillside location. He also has red-skinned varieties and cherries, peaches, currants, apricots and plums, with herb and flower beds planted in between them. Which is exactly how nature would do it.
Where I live
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 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.