Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Sustainable agricultural activities and traditional production of dried fruits in the Steigerwald

Sustainable agricultural activities and traditional production of dried fruits in the Steigerwald is maintained by a small community. Due to their strong commitment, the specific knowledge can be passed on to future generations. The focus is on traditional craftsmanship, knowledge of the cultivation of cultural landscapes and the preservation of traditional and local fruits.

Facts & figures

Crucial date: throughout the year
Inscription: 2018
Domains: rituals and festivals; knowledge and practice concerning nature and the universe; traditional craftsmanship
Where to find: Fatschenbrunn, district oft he community Oberaurach in the rural district Haßberge

The Steigerwald is characterized by its rich broadleaf woodland. Diverse native tree species frame the town of Fatschenbrunn and are distributed in the open country. They cast the landscape in a particular way and supply the necessary conditions for the so-called “Hutzeln”, which have been produced in Fatschenbrunn for many generations. Hutzeln are dried pears that are dried with stumps and stems. Those “Hutzeln” are subject to a traditional way of preparation in wood-heated dehydrators. The pears used for the Hutzeln of Fatschenbrunn do not come from plantations, but from local meadow orchards; namely tree fields known for that area.

 

Once widely distributed in the Steigerwald, today, those so-called tree fields have nearly disappeared from the cultural landscape. Fatschenbrunn is one of the places in the Steigerwald where knowledge of sustainable agricultural economics continues to be passed down from generation to generation due to great civic engagement. Many of the old fruit trees have survived until today. For these reasons, the production of dried fruit continues and various projects have been initiated in order to keep the culinary tradition of “Hutzeln” alive.

Publication

Wissen. Können. Weitergeben..
Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission, 2017

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