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Frischmann Josef

Organic Producer - Lahnhof

"I am convinced that organic production is the right way."

My story

I am the third generation of my family to run the Lahnhof farm in central Silandro. My father had already dedicated himself to growing apples in the orchards around Val Venosta’s administrative center and I have always wanted to work in my father’s farm. This is why I went to the famous Laimburg technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in South Tyrol and then took over the farm. I decided to grow apples according to organic guidelines more than 15 years ago because I no longer wanted to use any chemical or synthetic pesticides, which I think is not a good thing.

Today I am convinced that organic production is the right way. It is important to me to produce a healthy and natural product and to farm sustainably so that my successors can still work in my orchards. I can rely on the help of my daughters who support me during very busy periods. And when it is time to harvest my apple varieties Golden Delicious, Pinova, Idared and Red Delicious, I also employ seasonal workers. I am convinced that a good organization of work is important to guarantee professionalism and quality.

In winter, however, I enjoy the tranquility around me: I cut the apple trees and feel at ease when working in the nature. And in the evening, when the work is done, I like biting into one of my crunchy Pinova apples because they are the best.


Where I live

My harvest
The bittersweet lady
Beauty meets acidity: This bright and smooth crossover between Topaz & Cripps Pink makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
January - March
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
juicy and crunchy bite
aromatic with pronounced acidity
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
Red Delicious
Red seduction
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
Golden Delicious
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
The Val Venosta resistant
The Pinova with its red vermilion-red skin is a typical apple of Val Venosta. Not only is it colourful, it also has a very balanced flavour. Thanks to its long durability, it offers you unlimited fruit enjoyment until the summer season.
January - June
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid


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