Month of the orchard 2020

Juicy diversity in the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall

The orchard meadows (LU Bongerten) are characteristic features of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall region. These are part of the cultural and natural heritage and shape the region in many ways. The high-quality fruit of the orchard meadows have always been used for a wide variety of purposes. Even today, local producers still refine the fruit of the orchard meadows into delicious and regionally typical products (apple juice, brandies, cider and many more).

For this reason, the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall has decided to organise the “Mount vum Bongert” in 2020, together with its partners Office Régional du Tourisme – Région Mullerthal – Petite Suisse Luxembourgeoise (ORT-MPSL), Leader Region Mëllerdall, Administration de la nature et des forêts (ANF) and Mëllerdaller Produzenten a.s.b.l. This year’s edition took place between the 20th September and the 25th October and invited visitors to discover the orchards of the Mëllerdall.

Culinary highlights

During the “Mount vum Bongert”, various restaurants in the region created menus using both the refined orchard products and fresh fruits from the region’s orchard meadows.

Léierbongert (didactic orchard)

Between the 29th September and the 21st October, 15 school classes from Cycle 3 and 4 (190 children in total) from 3 communes of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall visited the first “Léierbongert” in Luxembourg. The children had to solve tasks at 8 stations in the fields of mathematics, sciences, French, German and Luxembourgish. The “Léierbongert” was also open to the public from the 28th September to the 5th October.

In the didactic orchard in Rosport children discover orchard meadows.

Fruit varieties Drive-In

Those lucky enough to own a orchard meadow or even single fruit trees at home, had the opportunity to have their apple and pear varieties determined by pomologist Richard Dahlem at the two Drive-Ins in Born and in Schrondweiler. The two Drive-ins were a great success.

Rare apple varieties such as « Lütticher Ananaskalvill » and « Gelbe Schafsnase » have been localised and will be used, after consultation with the owners, to propagate these rare trees and preserve the varieties in the long term.

For the whole family

On October 10th a picking event in an orchard in Bech took place, where apples, pears and even walnuts were picked and collected.

Exactly one week later, the little ones were able to press apple juice together with the ANF in Echternach and could take their own apple juice home with them.

At the Generatiounsgaart in Beaufort, school classes also learned how to make delicious juice from apples and how to make apple compote on the fireplace.

Traditional festivals

Besides the activities of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall, the traditional plum and apple juice festivals took place for example in Cruchten on the 19 th and the 20th September and in Echternach on 10th and 11th October. During these festivals, the importance of the orchards is celebrated annually.

Due to the success and the high demand for all of these activities during the first edition of the “Mount vum Bongert”, the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall has decided to organise this event series every year and also to extend the range of activities. With this event we would like to celebrate the orchard meadows annually.

The entire team of the Natur- & Geopark Mëllerdall would like to thank everyone who took part in the first “Mount vum Bongert”. We are already looking forward to the next orchard season.