Many Vitalpina Hotel hosts and cooks are passionate about their vegetable and herb gardens, where herbs, flowers, fruit and vegetables are grown and picked directly for use in the kitchen. And the fine home-produced results not only taste delicious, but are also healthy and meet not only the “zero-kilometre” standard, but sometimes even zero metres! We present the vegetable gardens belonging to two South Tyroleans who are both hoteliers and grandmothers.
Granny Loise and her green fingers
Out into the garden and from there to the table! The kitchen team at the Vitalpina Hotel Magdalenahof in Gsies conjures up delicious, seasonal dishes each evening and anyone who has ever been there knows that many of the ingredients used come from Granny Loise’s very own garden: lettuce, kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli, courgettes, cucumbers, beets, spinach, chard and potatoes. Violets, marigolds and cornflowers too adorn her garden.
And, as befits any true granny, Loise and her hardworking helpers also grow herbs such as chives, lavender, thyme, rosemary, borage, woodruff, lemon verbena, lemon balm and mint. These are used to make delicious mint or elderberry syrup, for example, as well as herbal salt. Not to mention the redcurrants that Granny Loise loves to make into jam. The Magdalenahof also quite often dishes up complete “zero-kilometre” dishes, such as poached eggs from the contented chickens of the surrounding farms, served with potato foam, leaf spinach and chives. Local, light and delicious!
All the best from Grandma Rosa
It is Grandma Rosa who has the final say on the family-owned farm of the Vitalpina Hotel Drumlerhof: at 5.30 am, at the crack of dawn, she wakes up punctually as she does every day – no need for an alarm. Then begins a new and busy day for her, especially in the garden: it’s now summer! Lettuce, vegetables, herbs and flowers all need to be watered, cared for and picked, while the weeds have to be removed. Her garden is her very own personal realm and has for decades been both her job and her hobby.
This is where she feels most comfortable: she does not feel any of her usual back pain, as the plants around her do her good and there is no one to interrupt her. Grandma Rosa makes sure that her garden grows and thrives, so that the produce will later be served up to the guests at the Hotel Drumlerhof in Sand in Taufers. She is delighted to hear them praising her vegetables. Vegetable lovers and fans of fruit have plenty of reasons to enjoy a holiday at the Drumlerhof, with lettuce, carrots, cabbage, berries and other healthy choices appearing fresh and crisp in the kitchen, where the cooks then create delicious dishes... turning even the most determined vegetable haters into enthusiastic fans of healthy cuisine!
And, if you can’t wait until your next holiday in South Tyrol, you can order fine South Tyrolean delicacies and specialties from our Pur Südtirol online shop.