From Jaen, in south-central Spain, comes this extra virgin olive oil made exclusively from picual olives. Not only are picuals native to the area, they’re the most popular olive to turn into olive oil in the world.
Since they're so common, finding an exceptional version can be tricky. To stand out amongst the crowd, the folks at Tierra Callada decided to focus on harvesting early in the season. At the end of October and beginning of November they head to the groves and pick only green olives off the tree. The not-quite-ripe olives are big and bold and bitter and grassy in flavor and the sturdy, versatile oil reflects that.
Use it where you want to add a bit of prickly boldness.
Extra virgin olive oil
Smooth and assertive flavors
Harvested in fall 2022, this oil smells like bright and green, like fresh cut grass. The flavor is reminds me of bitter greens upfront, then has a light hit of pepper to prickle the palate. The flavor lingers for a good long time.