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 September the historic town of Glorenza/Glurns
in Venosta Valley is characterized by the Pala pear. At the Pala Pear Days of Venosta Valley, specialties dedicated to this ancient pear variety can be tasted and purchased.