BIO Organic Producer – Sticklerhof
„Organic has a double advantage: it appreciates both man and nature. “
Ulrich is both farmer and consultant
The apple crates are fastened down for the journey to the cooperative
Supporting each other
The Stickler farm is in the small village of Plars and belongs to Ulrich Kiems. He has been farming organically since 2000. He is a man of conviction. After going to the South Tyrol technical agricultural college he completed his education by studying biology. As a member of the South Tyrol Beratungsring association, he is now in demand as a consultant on organic fruit farming and viticulture. Ulrich runs the family business in his spare time and his mother and wife support him in all he does. "It is a nice balance," says Ulrich, "I especially like the jobs which need to be done by hand." He is particularly fond of his vineyard, and his orchards are mainly Gala because he loves the way they develop red cheeks in the Val Venosta. Human health was central to his decision to become organic. For Ulrich, organic ways of farming were historically developed in harmony with nature in the Val Venosta – luckily they have now been codified. They add value to agriculture and guarantee the best possible products. That way, both man and nature profit.
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 image of the Red Delicious is difficult to resist. Seeing red can be really nice. And the red flavour is even more beautiful!
September - July
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
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
very sweet and aromatic
Nicoter / Kanzi®
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, the juicy Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience and a lot of energy, almost like music for the palate.
October - July
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape
compact, firm pulp, very crispy and juicy
balanced ratio 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.
January - May
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx
crunchy pulp with pleasant cream colouring
acidified with sharp acidity
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