This is not oil for the faint of heart. It’s got a big, bold flavor that comes on strong but finishes smooth. I like to use it in flavorful dishes that can stand up to its intensity. It’s fantastic over grilled steak or vegetables; on good bread with tomato and roasted garlic; in peppery salads.
The latest harvest, picked and pressed in the fall of 2011, has a vibrant chartreuse color. It smells like dried grass baking in the sun on a hot summer day. The flavor reminds me of green banana, with a pleasant bitterness. The finish builds to a nice peppery tickle in the back of the throat.
This extra virgin olive oil is made from olives grown by the Flores family in La Mancha, the region in southern Spain that’s best known as the home of Don Quixote. The Flores family is passionate about producing great oil. When they decided to get their olive groves certified organic, they didn’t stop there: they also helped to inspire 87 of their closest olive-growing neighbors to go organic, too.