BIO Organic Producer – Alberhof
„Nature always behaves right.“
Beehives – a lot of work for a lot of pleasure
Frost irrigation protects the blossoms from the cold
Apple trees become ice sculptures
In the sheep yard
Burkhard on his tractor
There are some truly distinctive features in Val Venosta including the meadows at Oris with their rare plants and the Croda Jenne rock face with its galleries where pure white marble is quarried. Burkhard Alber's farm is here in this special, natural world. His family purchased it 200 years ago. In 1998, Burkhard converted from livestock over to organic apples. For many small farmers at the time this was an uncertain challenge, but for Burkhard it was a practical philosophy which still governs the steady ripening of his apples today. The rhythm here allows nature to work its own magic and prevents humans from intervening and taking over. Burkhard's top quality organic Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Pinova and Idared apples are totally at ease in these traditional orchards, which also include heritage pear varieties. This natural garden is Burkhard Alber's personal retreat and he leaves it to its own beautiful devices. Because what nature does, he says, will be good for sure.
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
Snow White’s apple is sweet as honey
With its red cheeks, the Ambrosia™ is really good for biting. Children especially love this particularly sweet apple, which makes this healthy snack literally a treat!
October - April
yellow base colour with flaming red secondary colour
juicy and crispy pulp
very sweet and juicy, reminiscent of honey and nectar
Nicoter / Kanzi®
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience, almost like yoga for the palate.
October - June
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape
compact, firm pulp, very crispy and juicy
balanced ratio of sugar and acid
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.
Dicember - April
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx