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Apple blossom

Usually in the month of April, South Tyrol’s apple meadows turn into a sea of white and pink blossoms

Apples have been cultivated in South Tyrol for a long time and today make the country the largest supplier of organic apples in Europe. 7,000 apple farmers cultivate their meadows in the Val Venosta valley, Merano and surroundings, South Tyrol's south and the area around Bolzano as well as in the Valle Isarco valley. Every year 950,000 tons of apples are harvested, every second apple in Italy comes from the small Province of South Tyrol.

If the winter is mild and humid, the apple blossom starts earlier, if it is cold and dry, a little later. In addition, the altitude - in South Tyrol the apple meadows are located between 200 and 1,000 m a.s.l. - plays an important role. But it is usually in April when thousands of buds burst open, immersing the landscape in a sea of white and pink blossoms. In this spring month, however, it can still get cold, especially at night: If frost threatens, the alarm sounds.

The flowers are then sprayed with water by the farmers in the middle of the night. The water freezes and forms a protective ice shell that sparkles in the morning sun. Buzzing helpers like bees and bumblebees then distribute the pollen and make fertilisation possible, without which there would be no apples. Cycling tours and walks during these magical weeks show the landscape from its most beautiful side. The apple blossom is also celebrated with several events such as "Lana In Bloom". And already a few weeks later, the first small round apples can be seen on the trees.

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