Olive Varietals: Lucque
Region: Southern France, Languedoc, Aude Region
Aroma: A fruity nose with ripe olive and delicate notes of almond
Flavor: Beautifully soft and buttery, this mild-to-medium oil has a small amount of pepper and a lingering Luque olive flavor.
Uses: This delicate oil is an obvious choice for salads. Also use for pasta, mashed potatoes, or fish and seafood--try drizzling over fish crudo. This oil would make a lovely olive oil cake.
Harvest Date: Fall 2012
About the Producer: French olive oils made from traditional French varieties are very rare and expensive. This is because in 1956 a very severe frost in France killed a significant portion of the olive trees. After the frost, many producers replaced the olive trees with vineyards and began producing wine, thus less oil.The L’Oulibo Cooperative was started in 1942 in an effort to maintain the growth and production of traditional French olive varieties. But it was in 1996 that producers within the cooperative recognized a need for even more French olive varietals to be grown. At that time, a major planting of Luque and Picholine olives was undertaken that has since helped to bolster the now burgeoning olive oil industry.