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. 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 author Juan Eslava Galán has created the new label, choosing to emboss two Roman coins from Imperial Hispania on the labels. For the Picual First Day of Harvest oil he has chosen the bust of Emperor Hadrian.
“Since time immemorial the First Day of Harvest has been an occasion for special celebration in the Mediterranean world of the olive tree. On this holy day, the Greeks consecrated the harvest to Athena, goddess of oil and wisdom, and with the olives collected by the joyful pilgrims they pressed the first oil, which was consecrated to the divinity: burned in the lamps of her temple and consumed in the ritual banquet of her adepts. This memory has been transmitted through all the diverse cultures that honor the olive, and reaches our times with the fervor and festivity of its origins," the writer explains.
Pairs Best With
Bitter Green Salads, Roasted/Grilled Veg (peppers especially!), Red Meat, Aged Cheese, Soups & Stews
Recent International Awards
2019 Olive Japan - Robust - Gold
2018 Olive Japan - Gold
2017 Olive Japan - Premier Medal
2016 Flos Olei - Farm of the Year
2015 Flos Olei – 98/100 Points