BIO Organic Producer – Mühlhof
“Sensitivity doesn't know obstacles.”
Mühlhof Farm is located at an altitude of 1180 m
Erich and his wife are a top team
Hofhund Farm's organic apples look tasty too
On the way to pick some apples
Erich Ratschiller's Mühl farm is in Alliz, near to the marble-producing village of Lasa. Its 1,180 metres of altitude set it apart. It is one of the highest organic farms in the valley. There is a lot of work to do on the farm, and Erich and his wife get it done. When they are particularly short-handed, his siblings help out. Erich is actually a trained mason but he inherited the farm and since then he has been running it with all his energies. He is always open to receiving tips and attending continuous education courses, particularly from the South Tyrol Beratungsring advisory association for fruit farming and viticulture. Erich's orchards contain Golden Delicious, Pinova, Idared and Red Delicious. His favourite time of the year is winter. It is peaceful and he can get the demanding but relaxing pruning done. It is important for him to have the time to think his own thoughts. Erich has been organic since 2006. His reasons for converting were a desire to farm more sustainably and to protect the sensitive natural world of the upland. Erich is the proof that organics can also work in extreme places, and the taste and healthiness of his Val Venosta apples are all the better for it.
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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 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 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