BIO Organic Producer – Unterhuberhof
„I love apples and their intense taste of nature.“
The roller smooths the soil
Machines have to be maintained
Organic producer Walter ties the trees to the framework
Opening the water sluice for irrigation
The Unterhuber farm is in Rablà on the valley floor of the lower Val Venosta. It has been in family ownership for years; today, it is run by Walter Gamper and his uncle. Fruit growing has been a way of life here for a long time. Since 2007, Walter has been organic certified for his production of Gala, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Elstar, Rubens, Idared, Jonathan, Fuji and Braeburn. "At the beginning I was convinced mainly by the fact that organic production requires fewer protective measures and is a less intensive way of farming. Now I can see that my fruit trees are progressively becoming a closed ecosystem." This is because Walter's apple orchards are in large blocks which give way to organic meadows on one side and unspoilt mountain forest on the other. Ancient irrigation channels run through the land with hedges and bushes providing a habitat for beneficial organisms. At harvest time, Walter is reminded of the reasons for working harder than everyone else. The intense natural taste of his apples is just reward for all his efforts.
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.
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