Ardoino - Fructus Ligurian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml
This delicious cold pressed olive oil has a pleasing fresh palate and delicate, sweet, fruity almost buttery flavour with a slight peppery kick at the finish. The acidity level is between 0.4% and 0.5%. (Extra virgin olive oil must have an acidity level of less than 0.8%.)
The Taggiasche olives used in Ardoino EVOO come from olive groves situated in the western part of Liguria, on terraces at approximately 650 metres above sea level. This produces a small crop that ripens later than olives in the rest of Italy. It takes about 4 kg of olives to make 1L of Fructus Olive Oil.
The olives either fall naturally, or are prompted to fall by shaking the branch with a long rod (a practice known as ‘bacchiatura’). They are handpicked and then are ground into a paste by stone wheels. The paste is spread onto round woven mats (or ‘fiscoli’), which are stacked on top of each other. Cold pressing ensures that the oil’s delicate qualities are protected whilst the oil is being extracted. After centrifugation, the oil is repeatedly decanted to remove the bulk of the sediment. This avoids the need for any filtration and the oil retains its characteristically rich golden colour and sweet flavour.
Serving Suggestions: Fructus is marvelous on its own with bread, to dress salads or to season food when cooking is complete. Its graceful flavour profile would be easily lost if used as a cooking oil.
- Cold-pressed, unfiltered
- 4kg of olives per 1L of oil
- Fresh, fruity flavour