BIO Organic Producer – Lenghof
“Doing something good to both nature and health.“
Harvest time for organic farmer Horst
Horst explaining differences in quality to his son Hannes
Organic apples worth getting excited about
The apple harvest is a resounding success
Hedges are a habitat for beneficial organisms
The Leng farm in Laces is on the balmy, fertile valley floor of the central Val Venosta. Its apple orchards are divided between Laces and Ciardes a few kilometres away. In the past, there was livestock which grazed on the farm but the last cow was sold in 1976. Now Golden Delicious, Idared, Gala, Braeburn and Red Delicious grow in these spacious orchards. Horst loves plants. He did an apprenticeship in horticulture, and then gardened for a living before taking over from his parents on the farm. Then, in 1993, he converted Leng over to certified organic agriculture. For Horst, it was all about doing something good for his own health, and for nature. Even though starting up in organics was no easy task, this idealist is now happy with his decision and his orchards are a little piece of paradise. They are surrounded by hedges and stone walls which offer protection and habitats for beneficial fauna like his father-in-law's bees.
Where I live
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.
January - May
opaque radiant red colour on creamy background, homogeneous shape, very smooth shell
juicy and crunchy bite
aromatic with pronounced acidity
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 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.
October - September
greenish yellow to golden yellow
juicy with very fine and soft pulp
sweet with delicate acidity
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.
January - July
Bicolour, yellow to greenish, at least 30% of the fruit is covered with a bright vermilion colour
refreshing with very crisp, juicy and firm pulp
Balanced proportion of sugar and acid
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.
November - May
Roll shaped with a smooth and shiny surface, golden yellow base, scarlet to dark red with stripes
very juicy with firm bite and firm pulp
pleasant proportion of sugar and acid, very refreshing