Extra Virgin Single Estate Olive Oil
El-Figueral had a small number of Olive trees when we purchased it in 2004 and the number keeps growing each year as we continue to plant a mix of Morrut, Sevillenca and Arbequina. It’s this blend of varieties that gives Ollie Oil its unique flavour and we are so pleased that after all the effort we now produce enough oil to sell selectively.
“Ollie Oil” is designated as an Extra Virgin Unfiltered Olive Oil by virtue of it being produced from irrigated olives grown only at El Figueral and cold pressed traditionally in our riverside village of Benifallet. This process produces a smooth un-filtered golden olive oil that has a fruity, but almond taste, without bitterness but sweet and a little spicy.
High end Olive Oil comes only from the first (mechanical) press, without heat or water being used and placed in vats for 3 moths to allow the sediment to settle. The oil is not filtered by any mechanical process. The oil produced is as natural as you can get.
Of course, guests who stay at El Figueral get to sample the oil first-hand as we always make “Ollie Oil” available as part of the welcome pack.
Buying Ollie Oil
We are now selling Ollie Oil direct to our customers and can supply Internationally. We are happy to discuss shipping costs although we do suggest buying the 250ml and 500ml bottles in at least packs of 6 to minimise the shipping costs.
Prices Per bottle ex-shipping cost and any import duties and taxes.: Ollie Oil 250ml glass bottle- €3.92, 500ml glass bottle- €6.99 and 5l -plastic containers €55.00.
Olive Oil in Catalonia
Olive Oil is an ancient and integral part of Spain’s culinary heritage. It has been produced in Spain since the arrival of the Phoenicians and the Romans who began refining the process while the Arabs perfected the technique during their occupation from 711 to 1492. Today Spain is the biggest producer of olives and olive oil in the world.
In recent years Catalonia has stood out for the quality of its olive oils and careful Catalan regulatory councils have imposed careful guidelines that protect the natural environment encouraging a keenly defined ‘terroir’ for the olive oils. Those made from the pea-sized, Arbequina olive range in colour from moss-green to nut-brown and are considered by many aficionados to make one of the best olive oils. This is due in part to the fact that they are exceptionally low in acidity.
Olive oils, particularly those of Catalonia have a vast difference between them, ranging in colour from buttercup yellow to vivid green and in taste from sweet and fruity, to so bright and pungent you would swear they’d been infused with herbs. This is what makes Catalan olive oil great: the differences from one region and protected designation of origin (PDO) to another expressed through olives endemic to each place.
Terra Alta PDO and Baix-Ebre PDO olive oils are flavorsome and aromatic oils
The region borders the mighty River Ebro the Baix-Ebre and the Terra Alta located in Aragon. The area has one of the oldest cultures of olive oil production in Spain, which can be seen by the olive trees adorning the region and which is best known for its Arbequina, Empeltre, Farga, Morrut and Sevillenca varieties of olives. Most of the land is made of small plots, Fincas, that are mostly located in the mountains with the olive trees planted in terraces supported by large dry-stone hand-made walls that often-had earth brought from other sites to add to the variety and mix of the soil types and add complexity to taste of the regions olive oil.
Empeltre olives give the oil an unusual nutty taste reminiscent of fresh green almonds with hints of artichoke.
Farga, Morrut and Sevillenca olives produce clean, fruity olive oils with a distinctive note of green apples.
Arbequina does not have any bitter aftertaste and tends to be quite aromatic, giving fruity aromas, like banana and apple and like the rest of olive oils, has a high percentage of oleic acid, which helps to reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol(HDL).