Stark Maria Luise
BIO Organic Producer – Fallrohrhof
“Organic, convinced and happy.“
Taste test successful
Martin and Maria Luise with their children
Harvesting the organic apples
Maria Luise Stark's Fallrohr farm is in Alliz on Val Venosta's Monte Sole Mountain, high above the marble-producing village of Lasa. She runs the family business along with her husband, Martin. Maria Luise, who inherited the farm, graduated from the agricultural college in Ora, and Martin attended South Tyrol's technical college for fruit production, viticulture and horticulture in Laimburg.
Together they manage the majority of the work but when they are especially busy with apple picking during the harvest, they also rely on professional help. They grow Golden Delicious, Pinova and Jonagold in their orchards.
Maria Luise was convinced to go organic by her father-in-law back in 2003. As she puts it these days, "he didn't have to push too hard". She was never completely won over by other ways of farming, and she is pleased that she made the change. In this way, it is possible to get healthy apples to ripen properly in a manner befitting the sensitive natural environment of the Monte Sole Mountain.
Where I live
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