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Platzgummer Bernd

Organic farmer - Kanzlgütl

“I prefer letting nature speak.“

My story

Somewhere in my DNA, there must be written that talk is silver and silence is golden. This principle seems to be even more true since my agricultural DNA has consisted of organic elements. I’ve learnt so much from many good friends by listening carefully that I will forever be grateful to them. Because my closest friends are all organic producers like me.

I have been both a convinced organic producer and a demanding consumer since I took over my father's farm in 2011. I’m very much interested in what happens on the markets. In my view, tastings in different supermarkets are very important. There can't be enough of them. This is the only way that consumers can get a detailed picture of our apples’ quality. They can, for example, discover the wonderful taste of our Golden Delicious apples that grow much better on rather dry soil in hillside locations than on spongy, watery soil. It is much easier to explain the difference in direct talks with the consumers. And if they are then gifted with the ability of careful listening, they might remember this taste experience forever.

I have a second job as a pool attendant, where silent observation is also worth a mint. The noise of the water of the swimming pool drifting into the overflow gutter is similar to the one of the glacier water of the Senales river used for drip irrigation in my orchards where bright red Gala apples as well as wonderful Golden Delicious, Fuji and Red Delicious apples ripen between August and the beginning of October. Nature has many voices. If you listen attentively, you can also hear very quiet tones, which, however, are usually very important and entrusted secrets for organic producers.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Gala
The elegant precocity
The tasty gala appears every summer in its reddish yellow shell and the new apple season begins.
Availability
September - March
 
Appearance: 
smooth shell, spherical shape, slightly conical, pale yellow base colour with bright red and striped cover
Features: 
crispy and juicy with firm pulp
Taste: 
refreshing, sweet with little acidity
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!
Availability
September - July
 
Appearance: 
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
Features: 
juicy with very white pulp
Taste: 
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
Golden Delicious
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.
Availability
October - September
 
Appearance: 
greenish yellow to golden yellow
Features: 
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
Taste: 
sweet with delicate acidity
Fuji
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
Availability
November - May
 
Appearance: 
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape
Features: 
compact and very juicy with high sugar content
Taste: 
very sweet and aromatic
 
 

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