Food & Drink
A Wine Paradise with Local Specialties
Without question, southern Styria is a paradise for all. There is so much culinary diversity to appreciate, from traditional local classics to international delicacies. And of course, the fine wines.
The mild climate, volcanic soil, a lot of experience and love are the ingredients that lend the wine of this region a unique character. Along with the typical white and red wine varieties, you can enjoy the Klöcher Traminer, which is considered among the best in the world today. The only thing you need is enough time to really enjoy all of the wonderful things.
You will always find a way to enjoy yourself in this unique region of Austria. Enjoy fresh products from the farmer’s market or directly from the farm. They are turned into culinary delights on a daily basis in the numerous restaurants in Bad Radkersburg. Experience a one-of-a-kind atmosphere here!
Forest garlic takes a leading role
In the damp broad-leaved forests of Bad Radkersburger, from March to May the Mur marsh area fills the air with a light fragrance, the fragrance of the bear allium – also known as forest garlic. In March and April everything in the culinary world of Bad Radkersburg revolves around this delightful ingredient: this tasty wild grown vegetable becomes the highlight of the dishes created by the talented chefs of the local gastronomy (restaurants) and Buschenschenken (restaurants that serve cold food grown in that region). The creations range from spicy spreads, bear allium pasta and the spicy bear allium potato strudel to the bear allium cream soup.
The pumpkin plant loves a sunny-damp climate, which is particularly found in the southern and eastern parts of Styria. Therefore the best pumpkin seed oil originates from these areas. Of the approximately 26,000 hectares of land used for cultivating Pumpkins in Austria, 16,000 hectors are to be found in the Steiermark. On average 600 kg of pumpkin seeds are harvested per hector. To produce around a litre of pumpkin seed oil, one needs approximately 2,5 to 3 kg of dried pumpkin seeds.
Genuine Styrian pumpkin seed oil is truly unique, with its nutty, slightly roasted taste it indulges the palate and lends an unmatched flavour to all meals. The taste itself comes from the botanical characteristics of the skinless seeds of the Styrian pumpkin oil (Curcurbita pepo var. Styriaca), which stores all of their nutrients directly in their seeds.
Styrian scarlet runner bean
Although most people in the Styria refer to this bean as Käferbohne (roughly translated as beetle bean) it’s correctly designated name is the scarlet runner bean or splendor bean, in addition to this, due to the Arabic and Turkish influences in the Steiermark terms such as Arab bean and Turkish bean are also common.
In the 16th century this very special bean found its way from the New World to the Steiermark and with time developed into this distinctive Styrian speciality. Due to its origin this regional product benefited from the southeast Styrian hilly country climate and prospered magnificently.
The scarlet runner bean is not only a product of the region, but also of great economic importance for the region, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises as about 250 tons of this area speciality, are produced annually by the farmers in this region.
Health effects of the scarlet runner bean
Our beans supply us not only with a true taste bud benefit, but at the same time a respectable quantity of valuable ingredients. Particularly impressive is its high protein content. 100 grams of dried Styrian scarlet runner bean equals approximately 43 grams of carbohydrates as well as 20 grams of protein with only 1.7 grams of fat, as research done by the company Steirerkraft showed. That makes it, in combination with grain or milk products a particularly worthwhile replacement for meat products and not just for vegetarians. Further important ingredients to be found in the bean are potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Phytostrogene, Protease inhibitors and Saponin. These secondary plant materials possess cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventive capabilities and can have a huge positive effect on the human body. As a member of the leguminous plant group the Styrian scarlet runner bean also distinguish itself by displaying a high ballast material content. This promotes better digestion, causes a longer feeling of saturation, and helps to regulate blood sugar levels and to lower cholesterol levels. In addition the beans also strengthen the bones and nerves.