Have you ever wandered into our store in November or December and wondered why you couldn't find an olive oil from Italy or California?
That's because we follow the harvest around the globe to ensure that we always carry the freshest olive oil possible! The Northern hemisphere harvests olives and presses them into olive oil in October through December (depending on the yearly climates by region), and we start getting them in our stores in March. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere does the same in April through June and we'll see them in stores around the beginning of September.
Because the harvests vary by region (Italy versus California, for example), the fresh olive oils tend to trickle in over the course of a month. It's an exciting time for us at The Olive Scene...it's like Christmas for olive oil fanatics! We love sampling the new olive oils, comparing tasting notes, and picking favorites.
One of the olive oils that we're really excited to carry this year is a small-batch oil from the Puglia region of Italy made from the Ogliarola olives. It's a new varietal for us, and it yields a milder oil that has a perfect balance of fruitiness and bitterness. Oh, and did we mention that it won a gold medal at the Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition?
If bolder olive oils are more to your taste, you have to try our newest Cobrancosa from Portugal. This varietal is always one of the most popular oils at The Olive Scene, and this year's harvest is no exception. It's a BIG olive oil - creamy and smooth with floral and herb notes, and more of the bitterness that indicates that you're looking at a fresh olive oil packed full of polyphenols.
These are just a few of the eleven new single varietal extra virgin olive oils that you'll see on our shelves this month. Whether you're serious about your olive oil or just dipping your toes in the world of incredibly fresh oils, this is the perfect time to stop by The Olive Scene and try the Northern hemisphere harvest. Please don't hesitate to ask one of our knowledgeable sales associates to help you learn more about the selection, how to pick out flavors in the oils, and even how to best taste olive oil (there's a simple technique that helps bring out the nuanced flavors. Trust us, it makes a difference!). We can't wait to see you in stores and share our excitement over these beautiful new harvest extra virgin olive oils!