Return Blog

June 30, 2021

What is Arbequina extra virgin olive oil?

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. 

Arbequina olives

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.



Related posts

Are olive oil and vegetable oil the same thing?

27Nov | 21 Are olive oil and vegetable oil the same thing?
Olive oil is vegetable oil but not all vegetable oils are olive oils.  For the time being, olive oils are the only...

Uses of olive oil for nail care

25Nov | 21 Uses of olive oil for nail care
Brittle nails are an unpleasant condition caused by the cuticle and nail bed drying out too much. This makes it difficult to...

How to remove olive oil stains

22Nov | 21 How to remove olive oil stains
Cooking with olive oils guarantees you a culinary experience that is always positive but can be somewhat marred by the appearance of...

I have read and accept the privacy policies.

* Check the fields

Suscribe to our Newsletter

Suscribe, If you wish to receive more information of Olive Oils from Spain