Italian Alps. Travel to the country of mountain apples
Have you ever chosen a place for future vacations just because you wanted to try the local cuisine? All these paella piping from the heat in Spain, the original French croissants and oranges from the tree right in Sicily? Today, gastronomic tourism is gaining momentum, but what if instead of going and trying unknown dishes in the place where they are cooked, you will go to a place where your favorite taste comes from - just to see where it comes from?
Apples From Italian Alps
Think of apples - perhaps the most beloved and common fruit in our country. What is your favorite brand? Honey Golden or Sour Granny Smith? Or maybe balanced and harmonious Red Delicious? Whatever you answer, in your imagination you must have already drawn a picture of the smooth skin of an apple and its juicy white flesh - a portrait of a perfect apple! In our supermarkets such are marked with a bright green sticker with the inscription From - this is the name of one of the most respectable brands of apple-producers, and we know exactly where they grow, - in the Italian Alps.
The Dolomites and the South Tyrol region are a paradise not only for apples. Imagine high snow-capped mountain peaks, endless green meadows, fresh and cool mountain air ... With all this wealth, it is not surprising that the numerous mineral springs originating here provide nearby regions with the cleanest drinking water in Europe. What do you think about the endless variety of herbs, flowers and trees whose house is here? The Trauttmansdorf Botanical Garden, adjacent to Merano, the main city of South Tyrol, boasts over 100,000 species of a wide variety of plants. And this is not to mention the fact that he enjoys a reputation as one of the most beautiful places in Italy - you will agree that such a title is worth a lot.
Even if your family has no fans of botany, you will surely enjoy the amazing views of the alpine meadows that open from each of the thousands of mountain paths. For a second, it will even seem to you that you have fallen into the beginning of time and that not a single person reached here, until one of the ancient castles hidden in these valleys appears because of the next cliff.
All this is summer entertainment: quiet walks, exploration of the natural treasures of this sunny land ... But even in winter, it never ceases to amaze the imagination like a magnet, attracting winter sports fans with its famous ski resorts. Breathtaking views and the cleanest air do not disappear anywhere - and together with perfectly prepared tracks for skiers and snowboarders of any levels and modern infrastructure turn this paradise into a world-class ski center.
And finally, the very apples. Only a few weeks after the last skiers are leaving, part of the mountain slopes is dressed in a delicate outfit of cream petals and a cloud of floral scent. In the Alps, the time comes for apples - and the mountain valleys, as if by magic, turn into a magical fairyland. And if you choose the best moment for a family holiday here, this is probably spring. When your children see the miracle of apple orchards in bloom, the apple will surely become their favorite fruit. Yes, and just the opportunity to see these unparalleled landscapes and the very trees from the ecological paradise garden will surely change your ideas about your favorite fruit.
Taste of vacation
So are you already planning your vacation? Now for this the best moment: you just have time to bloom. In the meantime, you make plans, a simple recipe as a gift - a favorite in South Tyrol smoothies - will give you the opportunity to taste the Italian Alps.
Ingredients for 5 servings
- 2 medium sized bananas
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 5 cups sliced fresh apples (Golden or Granny Smith)
- 5 cups skimmed milk
- 2 tablespoons of ground seeds and cereals
- 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
Cooking - nothing is easier
It is enough to mix all the ingredients in a blender with a few ice cubes - and drink with a wide Italian smile. Enjoy the taste of South Tyrol and book tickets for your next family trip!