In addition to the local grape harvest and crush, local olive growers are also harvesting and crushing. One of the most anticipated products at the farmers markets each year is the release of Olio Nuovo — literally, the ‘new oil’ or first extra virgin olive oil off the press after harvest.
Olio Nuovo is pure-gold to people who love olive oil. The younger the olive oil, the higher the nutritional benefits. Olio Nuovo is alive with vibrant flavor and has a powerful, bold pungency that awakens the senses — its peppery finish will delight your tastebuds.
This special olive oil is not intended for cooking — rather use it like a condiment. Choose simple recipes that olive oil is the ‘star of the show’ like bruschetta or use as a dip for a crusty loaf of bread or focaccia. Drizzle a bit over roasted vegetables or new potatoes. Use it to finish soups and pasta.
Olio Nuovo is highly perishable and should be used within 3-6 months. Store in a cool, dark cupboard and enjoy this seasonal once-a-year-treat liberally!
Locally Produced Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Belle Farms extra virgin olive oil is a blend of traditional Tuscan olives including Leccino, Frantoio, Maurino, Pendolino and Moraiolo. Some of the varieties are black-ripe at the time of harvest while the later ripening varieties are still green. This combination makes for a distinctive, well-balanced and versatile oil that complements many foods.
Valencia Creek Farms (Colline di Santa Cruz) produces award-winning extra virgin olive oil from Tuscan varietals that produce an oil with fine fruit flavor and a good balance of bitterness and pungency. They press their oil from Maurino, Leccino, Frantoio, Pendolino, and Ascolano and the Taggiasca varietal from the Ligurian coast.