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Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil IGP Sicily (500ml), Terre di Zaccanello (500ml)

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The region of Sicily is one of the biggest producer of extra virgin olive oil in Italy and this Organic extra virgin olive oil is a IGP Sicily obtained from a blend of Nocellara del Belice, Biancolilla and Gioconda, with the latter being a typical Sicilian olive variety native of the province of Agrigento that has almost disappeared due to its very limited yield, but when added to other varieties, it soften the olive oil, in this case producing a unique extra virgin olive oil.

The olives for this extra virgin olive oil are manually harvested from organically grown olives and immediately cold pressed, to ensure only the best olives are picked and preserve their healthy benefits, including polyphenols, producing an organic IGP Sicily extra virgin olive oil with a very low acidity, a bright green color and a nose with hints of green tomato, cut grass and freshly chopped olive.

This organic extra virgin olive oil, that comes in a 500ml dark bottle, is suited for salads, soups and dishes that require a slightly stronger olive oil. To learn more about olive oils and what to look for, read our olive oil guide.

The artisan who made it

Terre di Zaccanello is a family run olive oil mill that goes back three generations, when Alfonso, the grandfather of the current generation started working as an oil merchant and bought the first hectares of olive grove to produce his extra virgin olive oil.

After that first piece of land, more hectares followed, all covered with typical Sicilian olive varieties, Nocellara del Belice, Biancolilla, Gioconda and Bella, and today is Federica, together with Giulia and Alfonso, sister and brother, who is in charge of the olive grove and olive oil mill, who, after studying law abroad, decided to go back to her native land and continue the family tradition and produce a great extra virgin olive oil.

The olive grove, organically cultivated, is located in the small village of Racalmuto, near the city of Agrigento in the southern coast of Sicily, in a hill facing the Mediterranean sea. Federica only produces a limited amount of extra virgin olive oil and only using their own olives, olives from their own grove, and depending on the years, their extra virgin olive oil include an IGP Sicilian extra virgin olive oil and two “monovarietal”, single variety of extra virgin olive oil, but only in the best years. Their extra virgin olive oils range from a very delicate to a richer one and are able to complement any dish, whether of the Sicilian culinary tradition or not, and are all organically certified.

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