The frisch-saftig-steirisch Product Groups
- uniform variety policy, variety development
- uniform quality standards, uniform production guidelines
- comprehensive quality management (GLOBALGAP, ISO 9001:2008, etc.)
- established harvesting guidelines
- clearly defined acceptance and storage criteria
- uniform specifications for storage, sorting, packaging
- thorough acceptance and dispatch controls
- Origin: seedling discovered by chance in Aldermaston (England) in 1770
- Fruit: medium to large, lightbulb to bell shaped with a smooth, slightly bumpy peel, green to golden yellow in colour
- Flavour: very juicy and tasty, sweet/tangy dessert pear with an individual, noble aroma
- Ripening period: mid-August
- Selling season: August to November
- Recommendation: excellent dessert, preserving and distilling pear
- Origin: seedling discovered by chance in Apremont (France) in 1793 and spread from the beginning of the 19th century as Kaiser Alexander
- Fruit: medium sized, club to bottle shaped, often fat fruit with a greeny-yellow skin, typically with brown freckles
- Flavour: half melting, fine grain, juicy fruit with a pleasant sweet, tangy flavour
- Ripening period: beginning to mid-September
- Selling season: until February
- Recommendation: excellent dessert fruit
In response to requests from many consumer and food traders, OPST GmbH began the production and marketing of organic apples in 2004.
Every year Austria’s organic farmers harvest roughly 13,000 tons of organic apples and pears. Thanks to the optimal climate and the fertile soil the organic apples taste particularly good. Organic farming is time and effort intensive, because weed control and plant care take up more time. Inner conviction and special knowledge make it possible for organic farmers to succeed in producing excellent organic fruit every year. State accredited control agencies guarantee continuous controls in the whole production process.
Fruit growers who have chosen organic growth methods use natural soil and materials. That means, for example, that they only use organic fertilizer and biological pest control. Variety counts in nature and in cultivation – which is why Austria’s organic farmers have developed a wide selection of different varieties.
In the production of organic apples, the Austrian organic apple growers concentrate on the varieties Topaz, Gala, Braeburn, Pinova, Elstar, Kronprinz Rudolf, Jonagold, Golden Del. and Arlet. The organic apple assortment ranges from "fruity-sweet” to "delicately sour”.
Organic pear growers have been able to produce excellent quality and tasty products by planting the Uta variety and by working steadily over the years.
The Uta pear variety stands out due to its excellent flavour. It is juicy but firm, velvety smooth and has a strong, pleasant flavour.