Apples of Italy

In Italy, apple orchards are found mainly in Northern Italy, situated in the foothills of the The Trentino-Alto Adige region, which is in the northern area of Italy and includes two different provinces, Trentino and Alto Adige. The area is also known as South Tyrol and includes the Italian Alps.
There are two main valleys in this region, the Trento and the Adige Valley.
Adige valley is a very fertile area about 2km wide. The valley floor consists of semi-course materials (sand and gravel).

Apple Orchards

The Trentino-Alto Adige region is known for its apple orchards and vineyards.
The valleys provide a good environment for apple growing, as the valley walls protect the trees from much of the winter conditions and provide enough heat for the ripening of the fruit. Many orchards in the region are equipped with overtree sprinklers for frost protection and irrigation. The orchards are irrigated from networks of canals running off the main rivers.

Apple Production

Italy produces on average 2 million tonnes of apples annually and ranks in the top seven apple producing countries in the world. Golden Delicious are the leading variety of apples grown in Italy and they make up 45% of total production followed by Red Delicious with 16% of the market.
There are 7500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world and apples are members of the rose family.