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apples from Raciechowice
Raciechowice orchards have a shorter history. Local production flourished in the middle of the 20th century. Apples from Raciechowice ripen in a submontane climate, characterised by a high sun exposure of the slopes and significant diurnal temperature range, which gives the fruits an excellent taste, robustness and smell.



    apples from Łącko
The first mentions of growing fruit trees in Łącko come from the 12th century. Dried fruit from this area travelled on the Dunajec and Vistula rivers to Gdańsk, and then further on to the world. Łącko owes the abundant apple crops, as well as the extraordinary juiciness and smell of the apples, to the unique climate, which to this day remains a significant factor in the local apple production. Apples from Łącko are distinguished by an intense colour, which, according to fruit farmers themselves, is “much more vivid than in fruit from other regions”.

    Prunes from Łukowica
The oldest plum drying plants are almost 100 years old and are locally known as “suśnie”. These archaic structures are located away from village buildings for safety reasons. Erected at their owners’ own expense, they symbolise the creativity and resourcefulness of the local residents, while the prunes that come from them, unspoilt by artificial preservatives, maintain their natural taste and smell.

    suska sechlońska
Plums are also dried in the districts of Iwkowa and Laskowa, particularly in the town of Sechna, whose name comes from the dialectal term “sechnie”, meaning “it is getting dry”. According to the words of local residents, the tradition of drying plums started with an idea of a priest, who wanted to discourage his parishioners from the popular distilling activity and its pitiful effects. This resulted in the advent of the aromatic “suska sechlońska”, with its smoked taste, wrinkled skin and a soft, juicy flesh. These prunes come from “suśnie” heated with beech wood.

 

  a warm-up drink
Traditional products from Małoposka also include alcoholic beverages, with the most important plum vodka from Łącko. The history of the production of Łącko plum vodka dates back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, producing and selling plum vodka remains illegal, and one can only taste it during the annual Fruit Picking Festival in Łącko. These tastings obviously enjoy great popularity. The list of traditional alcoholic drinks from Małopolska is complemented by jarzębiak izdebnicki fruit vodka and nalewka jarzębinka fruit liqueur that constitute the continuation of the activity of the Factory of Healthful Vodkas of his Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rainer in Izdebnik, which was very famous at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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