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Tappeiner Rudolf

Organic farmer - Loretzhof IV

„Organic is our very own renaissance“

My story

Our farm is situated in the center of Silandro and is under monumental protection. The baroque Schlandersburg Castle is directly next to it. In the past, it was a noble residence whose owners also owned the surrounding lands and farms.

When my son Franz and me drive to the orchards nearby, we pass by a sundial on the western wall of Schlandersburg Castle that has worked for centuries without a sound. This simple timekeeper from the Renaissance somehow always reminds me of an important date for our family. In 2015, we decided to convert to organic. It’s our very own renaissance. No matter if we produce apples, wine, chestnuts, potatoes, apple juice or apple vinegar…everything is organic. For me, organic also means that I do the right thing as far as environmental protection and sustainable agriculture is concerned.

When I enjoy my tasty Kanzi apples in autumn, I know that our ancestors weren’t so lucky: They had to give the majority of their harvest to their landlord, whereas we deliver the fruits of our work to our cooperative that we all own together. My son and me as well.
 

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 - May
Appearance: 
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
Features: 
juicy and crunchy bite
Taste: 
aromatic with pronounced acidity
Royal 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
September - July
 
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 - July
 
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
Nicoter / Kanzi®
Balanced freshness
With its proper balance of sweetness and acidity, the juicy Nicoter / Kanzi® offers a harmonious taste experience and a lot of energy, almost like music for the palate.
Availability
October - July
 
Appearance: 
red base colour with yellow secondary colour, rounded shape
Features: 
compact, firm pulp, very crispy and juicy
Taste: 
balanced ratio of sugar and acid
Scilate / envy™
The fresh surprise
For its juicy sweetness and light pear note, you can really envy the Scilate / envy™. In addition, you can share it very well with friends, because even if the apple likes to sunbathe, its pulp never gets tanned.
Availability
November - April
 
Appearance: 
red background colour, slightly striped
Features: 
very juicy, compact and crunchy pulp
Taste: 
sweet and juicy with a light pear aroma
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
November - 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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