BIO Organic Producer – Törggelehof
„My apples: a pleasure at every bite.“
Herbert Erlacher is the third generation of his family to run the Törggele farm on the famous “Waalweg” path along an irrigation channel in Plars di Sopra. In the past, when his grandmother bought the “Törggeler”, wine grapes used to be grown here. These days, Herbert organically grows the following apple varieties: Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, Pinova and Golden Delicious. This sunny hillside location does not just give the apples rosy cheeks but it is also home to old chestnut trees which line the woodland through which the hilly path to the church used to run. This narrow and steep path was the route which the inhabitants of Plars di Sopra used to have to take to get to mass in the neighbouring village. Herbert loves the work amidst all this nature. He converted to organic farming in 2000, shortly after he took over. As the quality of his trees did not convince him, he opted for new plantings and adopted organic production at the same time. "Now I am in harmony with nature," says Herbert, "and I get products which are really natural as a result." Working closely with nature is more time consuming, but the extra effort is definitely worth it: "I love every bite I take out of one of my apples. Because I know that they are completely healthy."
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 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
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
November - May
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
very sweet and aromatic
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.
November - 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