200 million radishes and 20 million heads of lettuce - this is part of the vegetable harvest that lands on the table every year
Image gallery: North Tirol Vegetables
Innsbruck and the North Tyrolean Inn Valley present themselves in all their beauty and uniqueness also as a large vegetable garden: Due to the favourable climate, the season here starts already in February and ends in November. In the months in between, more than 60 types of vegetables thrive, mainly in the open air. These include radishes, which are celebrated every year at the Radish Festival in Hall, lettuce in all variations, artichokes, celery, fennel, radicchio, onions and rocket, as well as old types of vegetables such as chard, parsnips and salsifies (winter asparagus).
More than five tonnes of carrots carry particular weight. You can buy and then enjoy the products of this "Genussregion Nordtiroler Gemüse", one of Tyrol's outstanding Regions of Culinary Excellence, at the farmers' markets or in structures such as the sales stands of the farmers' shop in Thaur (Thaurer Bauernladen) and the individual organic farms. This is supported by the Tyrol Chamber of Agriculture. By the way: Due to the prevailing föhn, a warm, dry wind from the Alpine slopes, the vegetables are harvested here up to six weeks earlier than in other regions.