Erich StekovicsOne of our Terrific Tips
One of our Terrific Tips
Tomatoes grown by Erich Stekovics © www.stekovics.at
Erich Stekovics Tomatoes © www.stekovics.at
He is one of the most innovative and successful farmers in Burgenland and his passion is tomatoes. “A wonderful vegetable”, he says, “no wonder Austrians call them paradise apples”. Stekovics has the world’s largest collection of tomato plants, producing fruit in every conceivable colour, shape and size. The mild climate around the Neusiedlersee, central Europe’s largest steppe lake, is ideal for tomato growing, as the sun shines on 300 days of the year. With his unconventional methods – Stekovics never waters his plants nor ties them up – he manages to extract the best flavour from these delicious old varieties. Immediately after picking, the tomatoes are made into sauces, preserves and chutneys, which can be purchased from the farm shop and in selected delicatessens. Stekovics runs a daily tour through his colourful tomato fields from July to September.