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Ruatti Florian

Organic Producer

„Organic production with noble intentions“

My story

I’ve managed my parents’ farm since 1990 but I only converted to organic in 2015, which I owe to my son Simon. I could learn a lot about this noble production method at his organic farm. And as we are directly below Taranto Castle between Naturno and Plaus, this noble production method suits us perfectly.

In 1946, my grandfather bought the agricultural land from the castle’s then landlords and owners and it has been owned by our family since then. But noblesse oblige. And we feel obliged to the principles of organic production. For me, organic is a synonym of better health, more biodiversity for flora and fauna, healthier soils and healthy products. We can thus assume more responsibility for future generations.
  
My whole family helps at the farm. We enjoy our work. Our seasonal workers rave about the fantastic view of the medieval castle and as soon as they learn more about organic production, they get sparkling eyes. It only takes a few weeks for them to understand that they can also benefit from varietal assortment and sustainable production. I regularly attend courses to stay updated. When I’m pruning trees, which is my favorite activity, I mentally review what I’ve learnt and then put it into practice. Noblesse oblige. Still today.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
Granny Smith
The green gem
With its distinctive colour and acidic flavour, Granny Smith is unique in the apples’ world. Since the other apples could be green with envy!
Availability
November - May
 
Appearance: 
bright green colour, spherical shape
Features: 
compact and crunchy with white pulp
Taste: 
acidulous, very refreshing
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
October - May
 
Appearance: 
dark red colour, conical shape, oblong
Features: 
juicy with very white pulp
Taste: 
sweet, very aromatic with relatively slight acidity
Jonagold
The versatile gold piece
To be consumed fresh, baked, cooked, stewed and toasted, the apple of New York really is worth gold.
Availability
October - August
 
Appearance: 
greenish yellow with crimson basic colour, striped and covered in faded red
Features: 
juicy with loose, crispy and slightly grainy pulp
Taste: 
bittersweet with a balanced ratio of sugar and acid
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
SQ 159 / Natyra®
Natural talent loaded with aroma
The rustic apple with delicate pear and citrus spices keeps the pests away and impresses by its excellent flavour.
Availability
October - April
Appearance: 
red to dark red, rustic appearance
Features: 
good texture and juiciness, crunchy and compact
Taste: 
sweet and sour with pear and citrus aroma
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
Morgenduft
The kitchen ace
The apple with the striking name will not only make your kitchen smell in the morning. It is particularly suitable for further processing in desserts, fruit salads, strudels, cakes and compotes. Winter-friends pay attention: The Morgenduft also tastes very good baked.
Availability
November - May
 
Appearance: 
greenish yellow base colour, most of the fruit has a bright red cover colour, matt shell, slightly rounded and flattened shape
Features: 
white, firm and juicy pulp
Taste: 
fresh and bittersweet
 
 

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