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Raffeiner Edith Johanna

BIO Organic Producer – Josmoarhof - Management: Thomas Plack

“A responsibility that can change the world.”

My story

Edith lives with her family in the small village of Colsano. She owns Josmoar farm which is run  by Thomas. Half of the trees on the Josmoar farm are Golden Delicious and the rest are red-skinned varieties: Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, Pinova and Red Delicious. The dry stone walls in the orchards were built with some of the remains of the Via Claudia Augusta Roman road which linked the Danube to the Adriatic long ago. Thomas is conscious that perfect apples demand a lot of work. For example, gently pruning the trees to give them structure and increase yield, regular and frequent checks on the trees, and bringing in the harvest by hand. Thomas has been organic since 2006. It was a new challenge for him, involving a less interventionist approach and better health all round. Thomas sees organics holistically: only by taking responsibility for the environment and the earth beneath our feet can we take responsibility for ourselves. That, he says, is what sustainability is all about.

Where I live

My harvest
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
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.
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
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


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