Italian Explorer's Pack 2020 Harvest
This set features a trio Italian olive oils from 3 distinct regions of Italy.
Extra Virgin 3 x 500ml (16.9 oz)
Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality olive oil. By definition it must have some fruity flavor, zero defects, free fatty acid level below 0.8%, and be derived by cold extraction below 27°C ~ 80°F.
Harvest Date: Fall 2020
As a fresh food product, properly stored olive oil should be consumed within 2 years from the time of harvest for best flavor. Harvest runs from October through January in Northern Hemisphere regions, and from April through July in Southern Hemisphere regions.
Explore the diversity of Italian olive oil with this set that includes olive oils from Liguria, Puglia and Tuscany.
De Carlo Il Classico: This wonderful Italian olive oil is made from stone-crushed Ogliarola and Coratina olives harvested in the Bitritto countryside by carefully selected farmers who have worked with the De Carlo family for generations. The resulting oil has a strong olive aroma with hints of artichokes and green almonds. Its flavor is soft and balanced, characterized by hints of fresh grass with a sweet almond aftertaste. Its subtle taste is ideal for adding flavor to all kinds of dishes without altering the particular characteristics of the raw ingredients used. Try with boiled or baked fish, fried seafood, sauces and roast meats.
Frantoio Franci Le Trebbiane: Produced from a blend of Tuscan olives grown in the Val d'Orcia of Tuscany, this medium fruity olive oil is sure to please any palate. Frantoio Franci crushes select envero olives to create an oil with a clean, fruity aroma featuring strong scents of grass and artichoke. The taste is quite complex, with more artichoke accompanying notes both fruity and floral. The medium bitterness and long spicy finish help create a perfect balance to enliven your salads and finish a variety of dishes. Try it on tuna carpaccio, seafood au gratin, porcino mushroom soup, shellfish stew, grilled meat and mature cheese. It's also excellent in soups, green salads, medium-flavored fish, legumes, bruschetta and dip.
Paolo Cassini Taggiasca S'Ciappau: This 100% Taggiasca olive oil is produced in the town of Isolabona in the west of Liguria, near both the Italian Riviera and Italy's border with France and Monaco. The name "S'ciappau" relates to how the Cassini mill does not completely crush the olives used for this oil. This practice, together with the absence of water during the separation phase, allows a more fruity and fragrant oil to be obtained. The result is a delicate and balanced flavor, with only slight bitter and spicy notes, making the oil a great choice for children and those who prefer more elegant flavors. You can expect aromas of fennel, cut grass and green almond. A great all-around oil for both cooking and dressing, it pairs well with fish, steamed vegetables and white meat, and is ideal for making salsa, pesto and mayonnaise.
Extra virgin olive oil is arguably the best edible oil with its pleasant flavor, antioxidant properties and health benefits. Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamin K, and vitamin E.
|Nutrition Facts||Serving Size 1 tablespoon (13.5 g)|
|Calories 119||% of Daily Value|
| Total Fat 14g||21%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 0 mg||0%|
|Potassium 0 mg||0%|
| Total Carbohydrate0 mg||0%|
|Protein 0 g||0%|
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin C||0%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||0%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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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