Why raspberries are not afraid of heights
… and other fruity facts
Mountain climate and handicraftThere are almost 20 raspberry producers in Val Venosta. Compared to apple producers, this is rather a modest number and yet in 2018, they still managed to harvest around 18,670 kg of raspberries from their bushes. The same weight as three fully grown elephants! Raspberries are the second most produced berry in the Val Venosta region, and in terms of quantity, they are only superior to the famous Val Venosta strawberries. They are grown at an altitude of 900 to 1,600 metres above sea level, and for good reason. Temperatures are low at high altitudes, so that the berries ripen slowly and develop a very distinctive aroma. It is standard practice to grow raspberries in pots in Italy, but farmers prefer to grow them in the ground in Val Venosta. The main varieties come from Canada and Scotland and bear elegant names such as Tulameen and Glen Ample.
Harvest time!Harvesting by hand begins at the beginning of July and lasts until mid-October. Summer and autumn raspberries are harvested either yearly or every two years. With the former method of production, the young canes are harvested at the same time as the yield canes, i.e. the shoots ready for harvesting. With the second method, the harvest only takes place every second year, leaving time for the young canes to develop in between. Such patience is rewarded with higher and better yields. The Val Venosta farmers know all too well that raspberry production is not a walk in the park. Year after year, the cherry vinegar fly poses a particular challenge. But with a lot of care and attention, the luscious berries flourish well and their delicate taste delights us well into the autumn.