“Clocks are ticking at a different pace in organic production.“
My orchards are situated in the different villages around the municipality of Naturno. I have grown organic Gala, Pinova, Fuji, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples for three years. Organic production required complete rethinking. I now have to deal with fungus diseases such as apple scab or mildew in a completely different way. The working hours have doubled, which is also true for the joy I get from agriculture. If you like your work, tiredness comes much later.
My father had already prepared me to the additional work that organic production requires. If you want to earn something and to harvest the fruits of your work, you have to work hard all the time – physically and mentally. The few substances allowed in organic production have to be used deliberately. Today, the South Tyrolean Advisory Service puts precious instruments such as an app at our disposal. The first organic producers, however, didn’t have any technological support and thus deserve the greatest respect from organic newcomers like me.
Organic production remains a great challenge despite today’s assistance from different institutions. Especially because nature does not always do what the producers would like it to do. My son and my daughter, who both help at the farm, experience it again and again. But the pleasure of sustainable production compensates for every effort and the soil under my trees smells like when I was child: healthy and lively. The result can only be good apples.
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!
September - July
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 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
Explosion of intense flavour
The Fuji apple is named after a volcano, but inside the Japanese is very sweet.
November - May
pale pink to dark red, lightly striped colour on a greenish-yellow background, rounded shape