Snappy information from the apple paradise:
It deserves a place of honour among the wide range of South Tyrolean specialties. We mean, obviously, the apple!
The apple tempts us with its many colours from the fruit trees or from the hosts’ baskets on the apple-plateau Natz-Schabs. You will find this fruit in the apfelstrudel, the apple fritters and the apple mousse as well as in a high spiritual form that is as brandy…
On this site we serve you appetizing apple-related information – on this occasion we won’t not only speak about the South Tyrolean showpiece among the apples, the Golden Delicious, but also about the apple in general, the wide variety, tastings, the magic of the blooming period and about the Apple-Queen and her coronation every year in autumn during the magnificent “Apple Week”
Apples are one of the oldest of all fruits grown by fruit growers. Different varieties of apples have been cultivated by growers for at least 2,000 years.
Each variety of apple is grown for special food uses. Some types of apples make better cider or juice. Other kinds of apples are used for cooking or eating. Apples may be colored shades of red, green, or yellow.
The growers use a method called "grafting" to produce the best apple crop. Grafting means to take a branch from one tree and attach it to another apple tree. Soon the branch grows along with the tree. A tree may take up to 8 years to produce an apple crop. Although some orchards have full grown apple trees, a newer method is to graft branches with full-size fruit onto smaller dwarf trees. This allows the grower to fit more trees in the orchard.
Apple trees need careful pruning, or trimming, during the first five years of growth. The trees, blossoms, and fruit needs to be protected from insects that harm the apples. Usually, chemicals are used to protect the orchard. The apple tree needs a season of dormancy, or rest. For this reason, apple trees do not grow well in areas where winter temperatures average higher than 48 degrees F. Frost can damage the apple blossoms in the spring. Apple trees grow best on hilltops or slopes because the frost moves down the slope before the blossoms can be ruined.
Unlike some other fruit, apples are usually harvested when they are fully ripe. Apples stored carefully at low temperatures will be fresh for almost a year.
Apple varieties and nutrition
Apples and apple products are good tasting gifts of health for anyone you care about, including yourself! Apples:
• Have no cholesterol or sodium
• Are low in calories
• Have no more than 1% fat
• Are rich in many essential vitamins and minerals
• Can even help reduce stress and fight tooth decay!
• As a beverage, apple cider is always a fresh choice since it is made only by squeezing ripe apples. Served cool it refreshes, served warm it revives!
You've heard, "an apple a day will keep the doctor away." While it will certainly take more than a daily apple to keep you healthy, it is a step in the right direction. Apples are delicious, easy to carry for snacking, low in calories, a natural mouth freshener, and they are still very inexpensive.
Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in the lining of blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The insoluble fiber in apples provides bulk in the intestinal tract, holding water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system.
It is a good idea to eat apples with their skin. Almost half of the vitamin C content is just underneath the skin. Eating the skin also increases insoluble fiber content. Most of an apple's fragrance cells are also concentrated in the skin and as they ripen, the skin cells develop more aroma and flavor.
There are hundreds of varieties of apples on the market today, although most people have only tasted one or two of the most popular such as Red Delicious or Granny Smith. Apples can be sweet, tart, soft and smooth or crisp and crunchy, depending on the one you choose. There is an apple to suit almost everyone's taste, so why not choose one. Have an apple today!