Extra Virgin Olive Oils
Frescolio has in stock some 22 extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) that are among the best in the world. These come to us as soon as is practically possible after crushing, so that their freshness is ensured. We import these in bulk. If you purchase oil in the store, we transfer your order from the bulk container to a Frescolio bottle that is then tightly sealed. This on-site bulk-to-bottle approach is known to be effective in maintaining the oil’s freshness.View All Extra Virgin Olive Oils
Varietal Olive Oils
These are extra-virgin olive oils (EVOO’s) that have been made from a single variety of olive, e.g., Arbequina or Picual. This is the same concept as we see in varietal wines, which are made using a single variety of grape, e.g., Pinot Noir, Shiraz, or Cabernet Sauvignon. As with wines, each variety of olive imparts a distinct taste to its oil.
As you will see, and have the opportunity to experience in the store, olive oils can be classified by intensity: mild, medium, and robust. This method of classification is similar to that of, for example, Cheddar cheese.View All Varietal Olive Oils
Here are a few examples of varietal extra-virgin olive oils that are available at Frescolio. The taste category and country of origin are shown with each oil.
Fused Olive Oils
The varietals described above have nothing added to them from harvest to consumer. Some olive oils, by contrast, are augmented by introducing additional flavour. The other characteristics of the oil remain the same. Adding flavour is done in one of two quite different processes; one of them gives rise to what is referred to as ‘fused’ oil, the other to ‘infused’ oil.
In the production of a ‘fused’ oil, the fruit or vegetable having the desired flavour, e.g., lemons or oranges, is combined with the olives at the time of crushing, that is, the olives and the fruit are crushed together at the same time early in the production process.
Here are examples of fused olive oils available at Frescolio.View All Fused Olive Oils
Infused Olive Oils
An ‘infused’ oil, on the other hand, is one to which the concentrated oil from an aromatic natural source has been added later in the production process. Examples include herbs such as basil, and vegetables such as roasted onion. This method provides a wide diversity of flavour options.
Here are a few examples of infused olive oils that are available at Frescolio.View All Infused Olive Oils
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