A great conventional Extra Virgin Olive Oil for everyday use. This oil is a balanced blend of Picual (70%) and Arbequina (30%) oils.
The Picual olives are one of the most cultivated varieties of Spain. The olive oil extracted from Picual olives has a medium aromatic profile with pleasant notes of tomato, fig tree, olive leaf, and freshly cut grass. Its oil is also well known for its strong bitter- and spiciness. It is often mixed with other oil to soften its bitterness and enhance its fruity flavor. Thanks to its stability the olive oil extracted from Picual olive has a long shelf life and makes it stable for cooking or frying.
Olive oil made from the Arbequina variety is aromatic, sweet and fruity with a little bitterness. Typical aromas: green grass, tomato, apple, banana, ripe fruit. Usually, oils made from the Arbequina variety have low oxidation resistance. Producers mix the Arbequina olive oil with other olive oil to increase the stability in terms of aroma, body and resistance to oxidation.
About García de la Cruz:
García de la Cruz is a 148 year old family business founded in 1872 by Adelaida Fernandez-Cuellar. Adelaida's husband Federico was working as an attorney and a public administrator while she was building the family company and her accomplishments are unquestionable. She was building a successful business at that time when women were often restricted to domestic chores and it was uncommon for a woman to work outside of the house. In 1931 Federico and Adelaida's daughter Guadelupe took over the family business. Then three more generations to come until the fifth generation. Today Fernando García de la Cruz Pascual and Eusebio García de la Cruz Pascual manage the family farm on 400 hectares with 120.000 trees. Nowadays García de la Cruz is an international business known for its quality products. To sustain their business their top priority is to use environmental-friendly agricultural techniques such as monitored drip irrigation and fertigation, drip fertilization. They also recycle all byproducts from the olive oil-making processes. The leftover skin, pit and pulp of the olives are composted and transformed naturally into organic fertilizers. García de la Curz are also committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by implementing concrete measures in its activity. We think Gracía de la Cruz’s secret is that their business goal is not maximizing profit, but to assure the Family’s next generation’s future.
This EVOO is a great ‘all-rounder’ as we call it. It has fruity aromas such as tomato, ripe banana and dried fruits with notes of grass. At the tasting, the presence of the dried fruits and nuts is more present with strong spiciness and pungency. We use it as an everyday oil for cooking and raw. If we make any kind of stew this is the oil of our choice.
Origin: Castilla–La Mancha, Spain
Harvest season: 2021/22
Best before date: 08/2024
Please note, all the product descriptions are only indicators for tasting the oils. When you choose olive oil always take into consideration your personal preferences, especially when it comes to bitterness and spiciness.