Łąckie apples

The distinct taste and aroma of Łąckie apples result from the microclimate of the Łącko Basin. The majority of fruit produced in the Łącko area are exceptionally juicy and have an exquisite aroma. The shape of fruit depends on the variety. Their blush is much more pronounced than the blush of apples from other regions. Thanks to a specific microclimate and relief, fruit rust to a relatively low extent. The majority of orchards are situated on slopes inclined at about 15 degrees, providing the most favourable distribution of yearly temperatures. The apples have the so-called ‘mountain green flavour’ – their taste is more distinct.

The name Łąckie apples can only be used to refer to Idared, Jonagold, Champion, Topaz, Lobo, Rubin, Gloster, Ligol, Golden Delicious, Gala, Boskoop, Red Boskoop, Elise, Early Geneve and Jonagored varieties. They must be grown in gminas: Łącko, Podegrodzie, Stary Sącz and Łukowica in Małopolskie Voivodeship. The Łąckie apples were entered in the List of Traditional Products and into the register of protected geographical indications.

The tradition of fruit farming in Łącko reaches centuries back. Historical records show that fruit farming was known already in the 12th century. Dried apples were transported by Dunajec River to Vistula River and on to Gdańsk, from where they were shipped to other European countries. Łącko orchards are mentioned in 16th century documents as farm and church gardens. In the 17th and 18th centuries apple orchards were already vast in the area. Protocols from 1698 say, inter alia, that some cottagers were obliged to pick fruit and provide them to the manor when doing corvée. The first orchard was set up by Herzog, a secretary of a royal estate who took up residence in Łącko in 1830. Łącko and its surrounding areas owe their orchards to work and effort of many people. Also Łącko parish priests rendered considerable services to fruit farming in the region. It is said of father Maciej Szaflarski that he ordered all fiancées to plant at least ten apple trees in their gardens before the wedding. Another local legend says that father Jan Piaskowy administered his parishioners to plant fruit trees as penance for their sins.

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