From summer to autumn, South Tyrol’s fruit and wine farmers harvest and pick the valued quality fruits.
The fruit harvest in South Tyrol already begins in the summer months, when the first apple varieties are taken from the tree: Gala, for example, are harvested in August. That's when numerous people bustle in the widespread apple orchards between the Val Venosta valley, Merano and surroundings, and the south of South Tyrol to pick the apples and then bring them to the various fruit cooperatives, where they are inspected and prepared for retail.
The strawberries for which the Val Martello valley in the Val Venosta is famous are already ripe a little earlier. The South Tyrolean Strawberry World, a farm shop near the Trattla leisure centre in Martello, sells the sun-ripened fruits directly to the end consumer. This is duly celebrated with the South Tyrolean Strawberry Festival and a special Strawberry Trail. A little later, in July and August, it is the turn of the apricots in the Val Venosta. Val Venosta apricots are a quality product and also much sought-after for jams and apricot dumplings.
In autumn, the harvest continues with other apple varieties such as Braeburn and Pink Lady, and the grape harvest also begins between the south of South Tyrol and the Valle Isarco valley. In the Val Pusteria valley, on the other hand, the potatoes are harvested in autumn. Plums, persimmons, pears, cherries and figs complete the range of fruits on offer in South Tyrol.