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Pala Pear

The Pala Pear from Venosta Valley

Between the Romanesque valley of Malles/Mals with its 7 churches, and Castelbello/Kastelbell, known for its good food, one can still encounter old Pala pear trees, standing solitary in the sunny landscape. These long and gnarled trees can grow alone or in groups. The Pala pears, also known as Turkish pears, have long enjoyed a reputation for being very healthy. They even used to be sold by doctors and pharmacists.

The Pala pear was first mentioned during the first Venosta Valley fruit-tree survey in the year 1755. The pears used to be dried and processed to make sweet flour, "Weihnachtszelten" or Pala pear bread. For a long time, dry fruits were used in place of sugar for the making of Christmas desserts.

At the beginning of Steptember historic town of Glorenza/Glurns in Venosta Valley is characterized by the Palabira, or thePala pear. At the The Pala Pear Days of Venosta Valley, specialties dedicated to this ancient pear variety can be tasted and purchased.
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Welcome to the Venosta Valley cultural region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.