BIO Organic Producer – Brugghof
„The harvest is nature’s report to evaluate the work of a whole year.“
Apple orchard in Sonnenberg
The apples are harvested in phases
Egon and his wife in the organic orchard
The apples are a good colour
The Brugg farm in Ciardes lies on a sunny scree cone below Val Venosta's Monte Sole Mountain. The Maringgele family have been running it for three generations. In addition to the orchards belonging to the estate, Egon also rents plots in several high altitude sites. "It's a clear advantage," according to Egon, "to use the special characteristics of each site because they represent optimal conditions for different varieties." For example, his orchards on the valley floor are very different from the ones on the Monte Sole Mountain, which are enclosed with dry stone walls. Because Egon is a cautious person, he mulled over the decision to convert to organics for a long time. In 2007, he took the plunge. "These days it gives me such satisfaction to hear my neighbours openly thanking me for not using chemical synthtetic matters. They come to my house in person to buy their Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious." Continuous education courses keep Egon abreast of the latest situation in all things organic. He is currently experimenting with innovative techniques for farming close to nature. Because, he smiles, "the harvest is the exam which nature gives you to determine what mark you should get for your year's work!"
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The bittersweet lady
Beauty meets acidity: This bright and smooth crossover between Topaz & Cripps Pink makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
January - March
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
juicy and crunchy bite
aromatic with pronounced acidity
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!
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
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
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
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.
October - 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