Apple Tree Renetta
The Renetta apple, is a fleshy apple par excellence, is a not too large fruit, with a singular rough skin to the touch, and a light green color dotted with rust, which, however, when maturing becomes more yellow.The collection of the Renette takes place in September, for then remain in the pantry to mature until late spring; cultivated in Val di Non, Val di Sole, Aosta Valley and Piedmont. Renetta is the apple with the highest value of polyphenols and antioxidants, it changes its appearance and flavor depending on the level of ripeness.
- jar 16cm, height 120/150cm
- jar 22cm, height 150/170cm
the Renetta apple, of ancient French origin, is one of the oldest varieties on the market today. Present in Europe since 1600, it arrived in Val di Non more than two centuries ago. Unsurpassed consumed cooked, it is among the best varieties for obtaining juices and spirits. It has a globular and irregular shape; to the touch it is often a little rough and the peel is often rusty, but when tasted it reveals a whole series of aromas and a uniqueness of incomparable taste.The tree is somewhat robust, its fruits ripen around the end of September, they are therefore collected and then stored in environments that foresee a constant temperature even for 6 or 7 months, continuing to maintain all their characteristics. Renetta apples are perfect allies of your health because they are rich in natural antioxidants: polyphenols. In fact, they contain 212 mg per 100 g, many more than other apple varieties or many common fruits. And if taken in a correct daily dose, thanks to their inhibition of free radicals, antioxidants contribute to a significant reduction in cellular aging and other degenerative phenomena. Furthermore, the polyphenols of Renetta do not disperse during cooking while maintaining their beneficial properties.
Cultivation and Care :
For the cultivation of apples, the most favorable territories for growth and production are the hilly and mountain ones. The soil must be rich in organic matter, not excessively calcareous and well drained. The temperature in most cases is not a problem, the apple tree in fact manages to withstand well even at particularly low temperatures. The exposure of the apple tree can be in full sun, however it must be a place not subject to strong gusts of wind. The small-bearing varieties can be planted at a distance of 1.5-2 meters from each other, the rows should be spaced from 3 to 3.5 meters. The plants can be equipped with braces for the first years of their growth, then it will be possible to remove the support and let the plant grow freely, which at that point will have reached a correct position. The fertilization will be done at the time of planting, for each hole 2-3 kg of mature manure will be inserted. In the following spring, about 100 g of ammonium sulphate will have to be integrated for each plant. Every year at the end of the winter period a predominantly nitrogen fertilization should be administered, approximately 60 g of ammonium sulphate for each square meter of cultivation, every two years it is also advisable to carry out a fertilization of phosphorus and potassium, to be distributed slightly moving the soil on the surface and trying to distribute it evenly as much as possible.