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Food - Canino Extra-Virgin Olive OIl "DOP"
 
Description
ONCE TASTED, ANY OTHER OLIVE OIL IS SIMPLY INSIPID!

This oil is rich green in colour and has a lovely tangy flavour. Great on salads or added raw to cooked veg, fish, mozzarella, pizza...
The locals often add a pinch of fennel flowers ("fiori di finocchio" - available in local shops) as a finishing touch (brill on roast potatoes, chicken, etc.). Local way to serve the olives: black olives with fennel flowers and freshly grated orange peel.
By the way, if you didn't know, green olives and black olives are not two different varieties: it's just the degree of maturity on the plant that makes the difference.

Technical sheet
This is an DOP oil (denomination of protected origin - since 1995), produced in Canino and the surrounding areas. A major part of the local economy, as you'll see just driving though the area: acres and acres of olive tree groves.The olives are picked in the Autumn/Winter (October - December) using mechanical means or by hand ("combing" them using small plastic rakes or sticks). The olives used come from the following types of olive tree (Olea Europea): Caninese, Leccino, Pendolino, Maurino and Frantoio (max 5% from other species).

Nutritional benefits
Extra-virgin olive oil is the most digestible edible fat available. Helps the body assimilate Vitamins A, D and K. Contains essential fatty acids (not produced by our own bodies). Slows down the aging process. Assists bile, liver and intestinal functions.

Quality certification
D. O. P. certification (1263/96/EC).

Area of production
Canino; Arlena di Castro, Cellere, Ischia di Castro, Farnese, Tessenano, Tuscania and Montalto di Castro

Local producers
Bottles and tins of this oil can be bought from the local oil presses. Some even offer an export service...


Local related events

Olive Festival ("Sagra dell'Olivo") in Canino, every year during the week ending 8th December (a bank holiday in Italy), now into its 46th edition (2005) with stands, conferences, a procession in historic costume, guided visits to the oil mills and labs... and ending with a firework display.