Discover Olive Oil
In ancient times it was ‘the nectar of the gods’, but extra virgin olive oil is essentially the pure juice extracted from the fruit of the olive tree. It is one of the oldest trading commodities, vital to the early economic development of Mediterranean civilisations, who used it for cooking and medicinal purposes.
Today, extra virgin olive oil is still an important product in countries like Spain, Morocco, Greece, Argentina, Turkey, Portugal, France, United States, Italy and Australia. Each country grows olive varieties best suited to the local climate and topography, producing olive oils with unique regional aromas and flavours.
But it’s not just the flavour and aroma that vary from country to country. Quality is a huge variable, depending on local processing techniques. The highest quality olive oil comes from fruit picked at optimum ripeness and processed within hours. The freshest, most aromatic and flavoursome oils are produced when the fruit is cold pressed.