„I care for my apple trees as if they were bonsai trees“
I can irrigate my orchards with water from the irrigation pond, if necessary.
I can see from the apples’ color if they are ripe.
I transport empty and full apple bins with the tractor in the orchard.
Birds and insects drink from the irrigation pond.
I sometimes have onlookers at work.
My favorite activity is pruning trees – no matter if in my orchards in Parcines or in Velloi above Lagundo. I dedicate much time and enthusiasm to the aesthetic forming of trees. It’s almost a meditative act on an altitude between 1,000 and 1,500 meters, surrounded by the high-alpine vegetation above Merano at the heart of the mighty peaks of the Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park.
No matter if I work for my organic Golden Delicious, Red Delicious or Jonagold apples – I owe the same amount of time to each variety because they give me so much back. Not just during the harvest but all around the year.
Our soils are also suited for pears, cabbage, potatoes and chestnuts. This is why I exclusively live on agriculture. In 2015, I converted to organic. It’s no coincidence that my favorite variety is Jonagold. This sweet-acidulous variety prefers warm places that I can offer here. I like organic Gala and organic Gala likes me.
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
Cabbage (white cabbage)
The acid sailor
Cabbage is a true globetrotter, since it is full of vitamins and can be preserved as sauerkraut for a long time, the sailors took them on their trips in the eighteenth century.
beginning of July - end of September
greenish-white cabbage, uniform in colour, slightly shiny