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Innerhofer Franz Josef

BIO Organic Producer – Schlosshof

„Nature is the best friend of the people.“

My story

Count von Trapp and his family live in Castel Coira, high above the village of Sluderno on the western flank of the Monte Sole Mountain in Val Venosta. Franz-Josef Innerhofer rents the orchards which surround the castle. He is extremely close to nature and has been farming organic apples here since 1998 according to biodynamic and anthroposophic principles. "It is a different type of agriculture, and I can use it to bring about positive changes. Healthy food is just the end of the chain for me. It all starts with deciding how to use the landscape, and it goes on with improving soil fertility and the result is increased ecological diversity." Franz-Josef's secondary education was at a business and commerce high school, and his view is that organics mean a better quality of life. And the evidence is visible: his orchards are surrounded by mixed hedgerows next to walnut and pear trees. A pond ripples peacefully in the background. Visitors – and Franz-Josef includes both animals and people in this definition – find many pleasant spots to while away the time here. The many beneficial fauna feel at home and have Franz-Josef to thank for it. His sentiments entirely.

Where I live

My harvest
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
The versatile gold piece
To be consumed fresh, baked, cooked, stewed and toasted, the apple of New York really is worth gold.
October - August
greenish yellow with crimson basic colour, striped and covered in faded red
juicy with loose, crispy and slightly grainy pulp
bittersweet with a balanced ratio of sugar and acid
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
The beautiful acid
Topaz makes biting the sour apple worthy! The aromatic fruit impresses with a pleasant acidity and is also a common variety in organic farming.
Dicember - April
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp acidity


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