Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the healthiest and essential ingredient of the Mediterranean diet. We’re setting out to transform the olive growing landscape on Lake Como by maintaining sustainable practices in order to obtain high quality Extra Virgin.
The production of Extra Virgin Olive Oil starts with the peculiar caretaking of our live orchards. The olive harvest begins in October when the olives are still green and last usually until mid November when the olives reach their ripeness. The olives are partly hand harvested and partly with use of mechanical harvesters. As the olives arrive at the olive mill they are immediately cleaned and washed to remove any debris before being crushed. The resulting olive paste from the crusher is subsequently uniformly mixed and its oil extracted. Our extra virgin olive oil remains cold extracted and unfiltered to preserve its raw qualities and stored in stainless steel tanks for roughly a month until bottling.
Many health benefits associated with the consumption of extra virgin olive oil have been discovered, more of which are outlined here on. A real Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols which act as antioxidants, reducing the oxidative stress throughout our body. Its monounsaturated fats that help absorbing vitamins A, D, E, K. It contains Linoleic acid that helps regulate the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream reducing cardiovascular risks. It is rich of phytonutrients. It can also help to improve bone mineralization and calcification. It is high in chlorophyll which donates its green color a grassy flavor and helps to counter the oxidation from the sun.
Our DOP extra virgin has total acidity that reaches just about 0.5%, but it could range starting from 0.1% . It shows notes of green vegetables and grass, floral and citrus scents, with a bitterness and spiciness in perfect balance. Long persistence on the palate. Its freshness, its complexity and its aromas enhance each recipe to an absolutely superior level and thanks to its composition a real extra virgin olive oil it’s also easier to digest.
As olive growers here on Lake Como we are really proud to produce such flavorful, healthy and gourmet Extra Virgin, following the finest tradition. Let us introduce you to the amazing flavors of a real Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil from beautiful hillsides of Lake Como. We will be delighted to offer a taste to those who would come and pay a visit at our lovely shop “Bottega dell’Olio”.
So why waiting come and see us!