Castillo de Canena First Day Harvest Picual

Castillo de Canena First Day Harvest Picual

SKU:
CDC-17-B-EE04
$39.95

This rare early harvest extra virgin olive oil captures the unique occasion when the very first olives of the new harvest are milled on the estate of Castillo de Canena which produces an oil with more powerful natural flavors and aromas. A result of the season's first 24 hours of milling, this full-bodied Picual extra virgin olive oil has a sweet yet slightly spicy taste with hints of tomato, almond, artichoke and apple. Its fruity aromas are reminiscent of banana, almond and ripe apple, producing a wonderful oil for dressing salads, tomato or pumpkin soups, cheeses and grilled meats.

First Day Harvest produces a more powerful oil that enhances the oil’s natural flavors and aromas. In addition, each year the label for the First Day Harvest oil is redesigned by a different prestigious artist creating a full collection of fine oils. This year, the flamenco dancer Sara Baras has created the new label, which despicts a moment of dance in one of her performances.

“I feel truly proud to sponsor this new edition of First Day of Harvest by Castillo de Canena, a company with which I feel closely identified. Flamenco and extra virgin olive oil are important elements of our culture, prime examples of the Spanish cultural heritage that express some of what we are to people around the world,” the artist says.

Pairs Best With

Bitter Green Salads, Roasted/Grilled Veg (peppers especially!), Red Meat, Aged Cheese, Soups & Stews

Recent International Awards

2017 Olive Japan - Premier Medal

2016 Flos Olei - Farm of the Year

2015 Flos Olei – 98/100 Points

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Spain
container_region:
Andalusia
container_size:
Bottles
container_intensity:
Robust, Robust Harmonious
container_fruit:
Green
container_style:
Monovarietals
container_varietal:
Picual
container_ptype:
Extra Virgin Olive Oils
container_uses:
Dipping
container_pair:
Bitter Green Salads, Roasted/Grilled Veg, Red Meat, Aged Cheese, Soups & Stews
linked_SKUs:
CDC-B-EE04,CDC-16-B-EE04,CDC-16-B-EE04,CDC-17-B-EE04
container_harvest:
Fall 2017 (NEW)
TYPE:
Extra Virgin
SIZE:
500ml (16.9 oz)
REGION:
Andalusia, Spain
VARIETAL:
Picual
POLYPHENOLS (mg/kg):
570
HARVEST:
October 2017
PRODUCER:
Castillo de Canena

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Producer Profile

Castillo de Canena

Castillo de Canena
Located in the Guadalquivir Valley in the region of Jaen in the heart of Andalusia, Castillo de Canena is a distinct and unique family business involved in the complete process in creating extra virgin oils, from the trees and the land to its commercialization. Author and journalist, Tom Mueller, visits the Castillo de Canena Estate in his acclaimed book, Extra Virginity, and highlights the careful practices of the company. During the harvest, the olives are selected by hand at the perfect time, from specially selected trees before being carefully transferred to their mill. The olive trees are gently watered by 8 kilometers of the river Guadiana Menor, giving their oils a sweeter and less peppery taste and guaranteeing each year‰Ûªs harvest will be full of aroma and taste. Castillo de Canena takes great care of their olives and their land with a ‰''natural and environmentally respectful and integrated system‰'' and is certified on a monthly basis by official inspectors. The company received the highest score of 98 points in the 2015 Flos Olei Guidebook and is consistently featured in the ‰''Top 20‰'' extra virgin olive oils year after year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Buy Olive Oil Online?

It is a proven fact that in just eight hours of close exposure to strong fluorescent lights, a bottle of olive oil packed in a clear glass bottle will be totally destroyed having lost its color, flavors and aromas. While oil packed in a dark glass bottle offers considerably better protection, it too becomes vulnerable when exposed to strong light and can be completely destroyed in less than a week, which makes purchasing olive oil in a supermarket a less than desirable prospect.

Beyond that, the vast majority of the oils sold in the USA have inadequate or even misleading labels. The consumer is given little to no information as to where the oil was actually produced or from what variety of olives it was made, but most importantly, WHEN the oil was harvested.

What Are Some Of The Best Olive Oils?

Simply put, the best olive oils are extra virgin olive oils. However, adulteration of extra virgin olive oil is a hot topic in the past and present, and many studies continue to examine the contents inside a bottle of olive oil. This problem still persists in the industry, especially at the supermarket level.

That's why we created Olive Oil Lovers: to bring some of the world's best olive oils from the most trusted producers to the U.S. market. All of our producers are quality driven in their manufacturing practices. We also conduct an intensive screening of every producer and product on our site - often visting their estates and seeing their practices first-hand - and accept only producers who meet our high standards. To go the extra mile, all of our imported oils are proven extra virgin through chemical analysis in accordance to strict European Union regulations. Therefore, you can trust that any oil you purchase with us at Olive Oil Lovers will be genuine, 100% extra virgin olive oil.

How Long Will Olive Oil Last After The Harvest Date?

There are two dates that producers may choose to print on a bottle, using either one or both. The "Use By" date is what our producers put on their products to say, "use when at its freshest quality." The taste and quality of the oil doesn't typically diminish over time though, unless it's open and exposed to oxygen.

The "Harvest Date" is when the olives for the oil were actually picked and crushed. This date can be any time between late October to mid-December for the Northern Hemisphere, and these new harvest olive oils begin to arrive in the United States in February and March the following year. For oils from the Southern Hemisphere, from countries such as Chile or South Africa, harvest occurs any time between late April to mid-June.

When Is Olive Oil Considered Past its Prime?

While this answer can vary depending on the olive variety, time of harvest, and how the product is stored, in general an extra virgin olive oil will retain much of its flavor and aromas for 18-30 months in an unopened container. However, any exposure to light and/or oxygen will begin to degrade the oil. Once opened, olive oil should be consumed ideally within 1-2 months, with a maximum of perhaps 4-6 months. When purchasing a 3L or 5L tin, if the oil is typically not consumed within this timeframe, we recommend decanting the oil into smaller, sealed containers and storing in a cool, dark place.

Olive oils with higher polyphenol counts will have a longer shelf-life. Higher polyphenol numbers are the result of both the olive variety and when the olive was harvested. Green olives harvested early in the season produce less oil, but have higher polyphenol counts than oils from ripe olives. You can find the polyphenol counts for many of our extra virgin olive oils listed on their product page.

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