Fruit meadows have become rare. In the past, they were like belts around the settlements and provided their inhabitants with fruit that was not only eaten fresh for generations, but also preserved for the winter by drying and preserving.
In addition, it formed the basis for Viez (apple wine) and fruit brandies, for which the Moselle regions are still known today. However, the old orchards often had to make way for new housing estates that began to grow around the old village centres, and thus lost their character as a characteristic element of the landscape.
The orchard meadows of our museum comprise about 220 trees, of which about 2/3 are apple trees. In addition, there are pears, plums, mirabelles, quinces, medlars, sour cherries and cherry plums on the grounds. The old trees in our museum date back to the time when the Roscheider Hof was still an agricultural enterprise. They are mostly the classic "yield varieties" of the time. Around 1980, a variety garden was planted on two edges of the large orchard in cooperation with the then Agricultural Research Institute Trier by Mr Heinz Roediger. Relatively small, mostly apple trees with a wide range of varieties stand here in two rows. From about the year 2000 onwards, the historic tree stocks had to be partially rejuvenated due to age, as many of the fruit trees had reached their maximum age. In spring 2020, all trees with blossoms and fruits were photographed and the trees were catalogued as part of an inventory.
Fruit Trees at Roscheider Hof (museum-digital)
Fruit trees at Roscheider Hof (Wikimedia Commons)
Fruit tree blossom 2020; cherries, plums, cherry plums,dandelions, pears, apples, mirabelle plums quinces Official contribution to Digital International Museum Day 2020 and Digital Day 20 June 2020.