Arbequina extra virgin olive oil is a light, smooth olive oil with fruity fragrances, a vibrant green color, and a delicate and pleasant flavor. Nut fragrances predominate, while notes of ripe fruit can also be detected depending on the type.
Arbequina extra virgin olive oil (or arbequina EVOO) is made from the arbequina olive, a cultivar that comes from a Palestinian olive tree. When the Duque of Medinaceli planted this variety of trees in his castle in the 17th century, he introduced this species to Spain. The name ‘Arbequina’ comes from the town of Arbeca in Catalonia, where this castle-palace was located.
The fundamental characteristic of this kind of olive oil is that it is a sweet oil with no harsh aftertaste. It has a fruity aroma, like banana and apple, and is highly aromatic. Mature arbequina oils have a flavor that is similar to fruit oatmeal for babies.
Arbequina EVOO, like all olive oils, contains a high concentration of oleic acid. Replacing saturated fats in our diet with oils rich in monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid helps reduce blood cholesterol levels.
How to make Arbequina EVOO?
Arbequina extra virgin olive oil comes from a small tree which endures very well the frost and dryness and produces only after 10 to 15 years of maturity. It is a little fruit that weighs less than two grams.It is also one of the earliest to be harvested throughout the season.
Within 2-4 years, the olive tree will bear fruit. The olives ripen on the tree, and when they turn yellowish green, you know they are ready. They do not all ripen at the same time. In November, the first ones are ready to pick.
These olives have a high concentration of fruity and aromatic soil, making them a good choice for manufacturing oil at home.
What is Arbequina extra virgin olive oil used for?
Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the gateway to the culture of olive oils thanks to its aroma and nuanced flavor that is not aggressive.
It is, for example, the best way to introduce children to olive oil intake, as well as for those who have never consumed olive oil before. It is an excellent way to introduce this flavors to youngsters and those who are unfamiliar with it, as is the situation in many places outside of Spain.
It is also the finest choice for making mayonnaise or soft and delicate sauces, while other sorts would be too powerful. We also recommend it for baking as a substitute for butter.
It is also delicious poured raw on toast with tomatoes or marmalade for breakfast. It goes well with kiwis, apples, and sultanas in salads, and arbequina EVOO can even be used as a dressing. This particular extra virgin olive oil is the most suitable for preparing desserts such as cakes and pies.