BIO Organic Producer – Sigelguthof
„Less yield, more quality.“
Gerald picking apples
Transporting apple boxes
The apples meet the size and quality requirements
Tying the tree gives it support
Mowing the grass
The Sigelguthof managed by organic producer Gerald Weithaler is situated in Rablà wide below the snow-covered peaks of the Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park. It is very labor-intensive because of its small size. Decades ago, Gerald's grandfather used to grow strawberries here, which he would sell on the fruit market in Merano. These days there are apple trees as the Siglgut farm. Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Topaz do very well here. Gerald's main job is as a mechanic but he loves working outdoors amongst nature. It restores balance and is very satisfying, even if the orchards are steep and require a lot of manual labour. "There is nothing better than the evening sun and looking down, like from a balcony, at the valley." When he converted the farm to organics in 2006 he did not have to do a great deal of work. "We never applied much fertilizer anyway." His strong affinity with his environment has convinced him to work in ever closer harmony with nature. If something is working well, Gerald tries to leave it alone. This commitment is unconditional. "Your yield is less, but all the better for it."
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 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 beautiful acid
Topaz makes biting the sour apple worthy! The aromatic fruit impresses with a pleasant acidity and is also a common variety in organic farming.
Dicember - April
basic yellow tone with red striped components, round shape with flattened calyx