The apricots from the Val Venosta valley, also called “Vinschger Marillen”, are known far beyond the borders.
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Nowhere else do apricots, also known as Marillen among South Tyroleans, thrive better than in the Val Venosta valley. The experts agree on that. The tropical fruit prefers a warm climate, loves the sun but only little rain and plenty of wind. The soil should be loose. Facts that fit almost exactly the climate in the Val Venosta valley!
The apricot (Prunus armeniaca, in Latin) belongs to the rose family and was already known in Armenia in ancient times. First Alexander the Great brought apricots to Europe, first to Greece and then to Italy. In China the apricot is still a symbol for a young girl but also for the desire for children. The taste of the fruit, which is harvested from mid-July until August, is sweet-sour. The fruit is ripe, when it has a deep yellow, orange colour. Apricots contain a lot of beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, which is responsible for good vision, healthy skin and mucous membrane and resistance to infections.
But now we come back to the apricots of the Val Venosta valley. Especially in the area around Lasa, many farmers have started growing apricots again in the last decades. And also the housewives swear by the sweet and sun-kissed apricots of the valley. There is no better variety for recipes like the famous apricot dumplings or apricot jam!