BIO Organic Producer – Weisspinterhof
“The organic harvest is a treasure of priceless value.”
Organic producer Simon fixes the bird-nest again
Loosening the soil with the help of a machine
There's always something to do in the apple orchards
Fun in the orchard
A newly planted apple orchard requires much manual work
Weisspinter farm belongs to Simon Platzgummer and is located in Ciardes on a sun-drenched scree cone abutting the Monte Sole Mountain in Val Venosta. Simon is the third generation of the family to farm here. His mother helps out where she can. He picked up the building blocks of his knowledge of organics when he studied at the technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg, South Tyrol. Since 2011, he has tended his orchards of Golden Delicious, Gala, Pinova and Red Delicious trees with organic certification. Because three quarters of his land is on steep slopes, it is especially well exposed to the rays of the mountain sun. The apples ripen particularly well here because the nights are very cool. Simon's main focus is on managing the land. He never tires of using natural measures to improve it and he loves seeing the beneficial organisms which colonise his orchard. Organics definitely represent a higher workload: "But it is worth it every time, because it means that by harvest you can actually pick a really high-value product."
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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
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