2 Bottle Gift Set
il Fustino offers Olio Nuovo!
Italians have a saying: "Olio nuovo, e vino vecchio" - New oil, old wine. Every year, starting in late October and early November, the olive crop is harvested. The resulting oil, freshly pressed, is unique, beautifully green, and intensely flavorful. Olio Nuovo is to olive oil as Beaujolais Nouveau is to wine. Aficionados expectantly wait for both during the early to mid winter.
To find and experience Olio Nuovo is a rare and seasonal opportunity. Freshness is key. Once the oil ages for 30 to 60 days it looses all of the properties that make it unique in the first place. It must be fresh to be Nuovo.
Unfiltered and brimming with flavor, this "new oil" is an experience not to be missed. You will first notice the smell of new mowed hay or grass, indicative of the freshness of the fruit. You will sense the peppery flavor, indicating that this oil is loaded with polyphenols; those anti-oxidants that scavenge free radicals in your blood and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. You may detect a bit of throat-tickle as well. Olio Nuovo, with its strong flavor, should be combined with foods that stand up to it.
Try it over pasta with freshly grated Parmesan, Romano or Asiago cheese, a squeeze of lemon and a good grind of black pepper. Use it with plenty of garlic to roast vegetables and potatoes, the flavor of the oil will come through assertively. Our Olio Nuovo comes from the Arbequina olive and over time will mellow out to a mild flavored oil, but may not retain the shelf live of other types of oils, so it should be used as soon as possible.
Happy New Year!
Jody & Laura Kirkley
Recipe: Roasted Potatoes, Carrots and Onions
6 russet potatoes, unpeeled, washed and cut into 6-8 pieces each
Olive Oil acts as Painkiller
Cited from Olint Magazine October 2008
C'est Cheese: A taste of the British Isles
Our friends Katherine and Michaeal at C'est Cheese are hosting another in their series of cheese tastings. This time they are featuring Cheeses of the British Isles. Mark your calendars for this one:
Bring your best British Accent and $15 to taste the cheese - $20 to taste the cheese and drink some fine British Ale from Holister Brewing Company - We highly recommend the latter!
Sonoma Valley Olive Festival - December 2008 - February 2009 The eighth annual
Sonoma Valley Olive Festival lights up the Valley with a three-month-long party
as we toast all things olive. There are many fun events and promotions including
the Blessing of the Olives at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on December
6; tours, tastings, and milling demonstrations; and olive curing seminars by Don
Landis. For more information, visit the
Sonoma Valley Olive Festival.
5th Annual China International Exhibition of Olive Oil and Edible Oil - China
World Trade Center, Beijing March 15 - 17, 2009
Olives Olé Texas International Olive Oil Festival 2009 - March 28, 2009, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Rd., Elmendorf, Texas 78112. 25 vendors, exciting food and wine concessions for foodies, cooking demonstrations by chefs and other experts, health and nutrition seminars, olive oil beauty products, presentations on Mediterranean herbs and growing olive trees for pleasure or profit, entertainment, tours of the ranch olive and olive oil presentations. Suitable for all ages 10 and up. $10 at gate. Proceeds benefit scholarships. Presented by Les Dames d'Escoffier San Antonio Chapter. Ample free parking. For more information, visit the Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes - Professional Development and International Networks. Seville, Spain: May 19-21, 2009 London, United Kingdom: May 27-29, 2009
Paso Roble Olive Festival - August 22, 2009, Paso Robles, California: for more information visit www.prcity.com