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Tappeiner Paul Heinrich

Organic Producer - Schwebelehof

„My apples enjoy a prime location.“

My story

There is a connection somehow: My „Schwebelehof“ farm is not far away from Silandro’s modern gym. And you almost need acrobatic talent to cultivate my orchard there. I do not produce my sweet Fuji apples in the flat valley floor where cultivation is much easier, but on 13 steep terraces that lie one above the other. They are built on dry-stone walls and connected by 80 stairs. Such a cultivation method is rather rare for apples, but very typical for the cultivation of vines on steep slopes. But when it comes to wine, my son knows much better as he works in Austria in the wine industry.

Thanks to the warm hillside location I feel privileged to successfully produce Fuji apples. This variety is the most commonly cultivated variety worldwide, especially in China and Japan. In Europe, however, it only grows in areas where it’s very sunny. This is why South Tyrol is one of Europe’s strongholds of this crunchy variety with gentle aroma and very late time of harvest. The single terraces are linked with each other with a conveyor belt for material handling to facilitate this almost “heroic” apple cultivation. This technical aid is invaluable, especially during the harvest and when spreading organic fertilizers. There nevertheless is a lot of manual work to do such as planting new trees, cutting trees and mowing.

The location of my orchard is so ideal for Fuji apples that the use of pesticides is hardly necessary. It already happened several times that I had forgotten to do something against aphids and nevertheless everything fine. These positive experiences will soon lead me to another project: the cultivation of the very scab-resistant Topaz variety. I haven’t decided yet if I will cultivate this variety on the terraces or rather in Silandro’s valley floor together with Bonita, Golden Delicious and other varieties. Either way, my organic apples might be a bit smaller in size but they definitely taste great.
 

Where I live

My harvest
 
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
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
 
 

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