Native Tyrolean Cereal Varieties


We Offer Tyrolean Organic Farmers

→ Help with the purchase of seeds
→ Allowance (partnership agreement)
→ Annual networking- and training event
→ Interesting marketing opportunities


Stefanie Suchy
Mobil: +43 650 62 33 500

News  → "Corn Cockle for Gardens"

The corn cockle belongs to the arable flora and nowadays disappeared virtually completely from Tyrolean corn fields. We aim to spread the purple flowering plant in gardens of the region. Seed is available in small amounts (1 m2).

(PDF) Leaflet "Corn Cockle for Gardens" (German)

The Project

All started about 15 years ago – organic farmers from the Wipptal (valley in Tyrol) breathed new life into the native cereal variety Obernberger Schwarzhafer. Seeds from the Tyrolean gene bank formed the starting capital for further propagation.

In ancient times Obernberger Schwarzhafer was grown to provide fodder for the traditionally horse driven trade over the Brenner pass. In the meantime several organic farmers harvest this almost forgotten black oat and even other native Tyrolean cereal varieties.

Results from the project are highly demanded "BIO vom BERG" products. The distillery Kostenzer exclusively offers Obernberger Black Oat Whisky. And also the zero waste shop Greenroot has native Tyrolean cereal varieties in stock.

(PDF) Folder (German)

(PDF) Project Objectives (German)

Native Varieties

Native cereal varieties and old breeds are robust and even grow on less intensive sites. Compared to modern varities the harvest volume is significantly lower. In harsh mountain regions the native tyrolean cereal varieties score with yield security. 

(PDF) Native Varieties Profiles (German)

Cultivation Report 2019

This year 30 Tyrolean organic farmers participated, 51 acres were cultivated on a total area of 20,78 ha.

43 fields were cultivated from own seeds, for 8 acres seed was purchased from the gene bank and Tiroler Saatbau.

Spring cereals were cultivated on 18 fields, winter cereals were harvested on 33 fields. Most of our participants did rely on Chrysanth Hanserroggen (rye), followed by Steiner’s Roter Tiroler Kolbendinkel (spelt) and Obernberger Schwarzhafer (black oat).

The majority of farmers cultivated the cereal species for their own use as fodder grain, for bread baking or direct marketing. 11 farmers supplied Bioalpin with almost 17 tons of harvest, Bio Austria managed transport and quality check. The grain is going in different "BIO vom BERG" rye-, oat- and spelt products – like oat flakes, muesli and Schüttelbrot (type of flat bread). 3 organic farmers supplied Greenroot with cereal.

Project Partners

Genbank der Tiroler Landesregierung
Tiroler Saatbau

Bio Austria
Edelbrennerei Kostenzer

Direct Marketers

(PDF) Direct Marketers (German)



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