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Schnitzer Lukas

Organic Producer - Neuwirtshof

„Natural and good“

My story

After a few decades of integrated production my father, my wife Astrid and me decided to convert to organic in 2015 and to produce organic apples of the following varieties: Gala, Elstar, Golden Delicious, Pinova, Red Delicious, Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith as well as the new Bonita variety.

I prefer resistant varieties because they are less susceptible to disease. Gala is among my favorite varieties. Every year, I feel the tension when harvest time approaches. I’m glad that my favorite variety is the first to be harvested in August. So my impatience has a relatively early end and I can later care about my other apple varieties together with harvest workers. We love our crunchy fruits and so do our guests.

Maybe our Neuwirtshof farm in Rablà near Merano is so popular with guests because they can taste “our” nature: sweet crunchy apples, fresh apple juice, dried fruit or vegetables. They see how we produce and understand the great challenges of organic farming and sustainable interference with nature. The more natural, the more delicious. We all benefit from that.
 

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
Bonita
The bittersweet lady
Beauty meets acidity: This bright and smooth crossover between Topaz & Cripps Pink makes the pests stay away, therefore, it is especially popular in organic farming.
Availability
January - March
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy bite
Taste: 
aromatic with pronounced acidity
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
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
Pinova
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.
Availability
January - June
 
Appearance: 
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
Features: 
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Taste: 
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
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
Braeburn
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.
Availability
October - May
 
Appearance: 
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
Features: 
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
Taste: 
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing
 
 

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