The Val Pusteria valley is the main cultivation area of the famous potatoes called “Puschtra Erdäpfel”.
Image gallery: Potatoes of the Val Pusteria valley
In the Mediterranean climate of South Tyrol, wine is grown, strawberries in the microclimate of the Martello in the Val Venosta valley, and potatoes - always one of the most important basic foods in the country - thrive particularly well in the somewhat harsher climate of the Val Pusteria valley.
The tuber is extremely healthy, low in fat, rich in carbohydrates and valuable minerals, contains numerous vitamins, and provides high-quality protein. The potato harvest starts at the end of summer, with 5 million kg of potatoes and around 20 different varieties being produced in South Tyrol every year. The seed potatoes are also delivered throughout Europe.
Potatoes are offered especially in the mountain huts and farm inns in a wide variety of ways, such as "Bauerngröstel" or roasted potatoes with fried eggs. They are also processed into a very special delicacy of the Val Pusteria valley: "Erdäpfelblattlan", where thin sheets of potato dough are fried in hot oil and then topped with sauerkraut. During the "Puschtra Erdepflwochn" - the Val Pusteria Potato Festival - in autumn, the potatoes are celebrated!