Olive Varietals: 100% Nocellara
Region: Sicily, Italy
Aroma: Green tea with hints of tomato leaf
Flavor: Complex and beautiful, herbeacous oil with a delicate nuttiness. Subtle pepper and warm spice in the finish. Medium oil.
Uses: Wonderful in any Sicilian preparations--use in pasta con le sarde, pasta with sardines. Drizzle over an roasted vegetables, pairs especially well with eggplant. Or, marinate disks of fresh goat cheese or feta in this buttery oil.
Harvest Date: October 2012
About the Producer: Gianfranco Becchina owns the 60 acres in northwestern Sicily once owned by Princess Pignatelli of Spain - this land has had olive trees for as long as anyone can remember, but it was Becchina's attention that restored the grove to its current state. Olio Verde is pressed from only one variety of olive, the Nocellara del Belice. Becchina harvests the olives sooner in the year, usually October, than most olive growers, but insists the quality of the olives at this particular time is what gives the oil its distinctive "green" flavor.