„Everything is more relaxed in organic production“
Priska cares about the chickens
Mowing the tree row
Young trees need even more care
In Silandro, Val Venosta’s administrative center, you can not only find Tyrol‘s highest church steeple but also Rudolf Bachmann’s apples. He has been growing the apple varieties Golden, Red Delicious and Gala in the orchards of his Franziskushof farm with organic certification since 2008. „Organic production is much more relaxed,“ says the passionate apple producer. He gained his well-grounded knowledge at the Laimburg technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in South Tyrol, which is not only a renowned school but also a research center for agriculture and forestry. Like all apples in Val Venosta, the apples of theFranziskushoffarm around Silandro grow under very special conditions: The great range of temperatures between day and night and the fresh mountain airmake sure that our apples become especially crunchy and get their beautiful red cheeks. Low precipitation as well as about 300 days of sun per year confer our apples their distinctive aroma. The harvest season is a very satisfactory period for Rudolf Bachmann, which he can fully enjoy: „Stress is not something that I know much about,“ smilesRudolf calmly. Organic seems to be good for trees, apples and the producer as well...
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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 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.