Agriculture in the city – Vienna also has that. Which is good because the products come to the table without long transport routes. There are also some particularly innovative projects in Vienna, as it's cities where new food trends are born. We give you some unusual facts about Viennese city agriculture.
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Vienna is the capital of cucumbers? Two out of every three cucumbers grown in Austria come from the federal capital.
Vienna also has a considerable agricultural sector? Overall, food is grown on 14 percent of the city's total area. Around one third of this area is even managed organically.
Vienna has a high degree of self-sufficiency in vegetables? The local businesses can cover around one third of the vegetables consumed by the Viennese. Transport routes could hardly be shorter.
figs are also grown in a big way in Vienna? The Viennese fig is highly prized in the dining sector. It is noted for its flavor because the fruits can be harvested fully mature as they are used locally. They are grown on the organic fig farm in Simmering, near to Neugebäude Palace.
the "Riesen von Aspern" are a typical kind of radish for Vienna? This old, large-bulbed kind is especially juicy and mild in flavor. The name comes from the Viennese district of Aspern, although the Riesen von Aspern are mostly cultivated in Simmering nowadays. The area under radish in Vienna extends to over 15 hectares, of which 80 percent is used to grow the Riesen von Aspern.
appreciable winegrowing also takes place in Vienna? Around 700 hectares are cultivated by approx. 140 winegrowing organizations. When it comes to wine, Vienna opts for white – and only a little for red. White wine is cultivated on 80 percent of the area under vine.
Vienna has its own kind of wine called the Viennese Gemischter Satz? This old Viennese specialty almost passed into obscurity before it was trimmed to top quality a few years ago by dedicated vintners, and is now cultivated on a quarter of the area under vine.
the city of Vienna runs its own organic business and a vineyard? The agricultural areas of the Lobau organic center are distributed right across Vienna. Primarily vegetables, potatoes, and grain are harvested. And on the Cobenzl, one of the Vienna's home mountains, the city of Vienna runs the Cobenzl Winery. Both are pioneering business and generate a lot of interest in other cities.
the city of Vienna is in fact the largest organic business in Austria? The city manages a total of around 2,000 hectares of fields and vineyards. There is even an own organic brand for products from the city's own agricultural activities: Wiener Gusto.
snails are also "produced in Vienna? The snail manufactory of Andreas Gugumuck is by far the most unusual agricultural business in the city. Snail-growing has a long tradition in Vienna. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Vienna was a bastion for snail enthusiasts and had its own snail market behind the Peterskirche (Church of St. Peter). Andreas Gugumuck revised snail breeding and the Viennese snail can now be found in Vienna's restaurants again.
there is even innovative fish breeding in Vienna? The company blün focuses on a modern circular economy with aquaponics. The water from fish ponds serves as fertilizer for growing vegetables. Not only is the Viennese catfish farmed here, but also other fish specialties like the Tyrolean whiteleg shrimp.
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