BIO Organic Producer – Schwaltenhof
„If you once try organic, you can’t get rid of it.“
Bernhard takes his apples to the cooperative with his tractor
Use of the fruit harvester
The full apple boxes are lifted on the trailer with the help of the tractor forklift
Bernhard takes a look at the apple boxes before loading
Schwalten farm is in the village of Corces on the Monte Sole Mountain. It is an official heritage estate in South Tyrol which has been in the same family ownership for over 200 years. Even young farmer Bernhard, who is in fact a qualified mechanic, has followed the family tradition. After taking a course for young agriculturalists, he started to run the farm. Berhard grows organic certified Golden Delicious and Jonagold apples, as well as wine grapes. The orchards at Schwalten farm benefit from low rainfall, over 300 days of sun each year and large variations in temperature between day and night, which all allow the apples to grow into small, completely natural delicacies. "Organic apples simply have a more intense flavour and the bite is crunchier," reckons Bernhard. "For me it's very simple: once you try organics, you never go back."
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 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