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The apple harvest begins

At the end of August, the most intensive time of the year begins for the Val Venosta apple farmers: the apple harvest. From the end of August to October the apples are harvested at the right time of ripeness.

When the Val Venosta farmers harvest their apples in autumn, they have already been tested several times according to the guidelines of integrated or organic production.

Ripening tests to determine the ideal harvest date

The ripening test in the laboratory is used to determine the "inner values" of the apples, such as starch breakdown, flesh firmness and sugar content. These ripening parameters are then used to determine the harvest windows for each variety. This is important to guarantee the quality and storability of the apples. Once the ideal harvest time has come, the picking can begin.
 
 
 
 

100% handmade

Every single apple is carefully "picked" by hand in the traditional way. The farmers and their harvest helpers, normally students, senior citizens, or seasonal workers, then put the picked apples into large crates weighing about 300 kg. These are then delivered to the cooperative.
 
 
 
 
 
Early variety
The Gala apple variety is the first to be harvested in Val Venosta
300 kg of taste
A full green apple crate weighs about 300 kg
Several passages
2 to 5 pickings are required depending on the apple variety

Several picking passes for perfect quality

Usually several pickings are made to get all the apples from the tree in the ideal state of ripeness. Apples of the Golden Delicious variety usually show a uniform ripeness and coloring, so one or two pickings are usually sufficient. Other varieties also require up to five picking passes. Only the ripest apples are hand-picked into the crate, the rest may ripen for a few days.
 
 
 
 

Technical helpers

Forklift trucks, harvesting platforms and picking baskets are used to facilitate the physical work. For example, apples are harvested from the top of the trees using modern lifting platforms. Careful attention is paid to the careful handling of each individual apple. Because only flawless fruits are allowed to enter the cooperative's cold storage cells.
 
 
 
 

Traceability from the field to the shelf

At the cooperative, the apples are visually inspected for quality, color and size and stored in the cold stores. The attached label guarantees the identification of each apple crate and thus the traceability of each apple.
 
 
 
 
 

A look behind the scenes of the Val Venosta apple harvest

Click through the gallery and discover what happens during the harvest of the Val Venosta apples!

 

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