Taste one of the best olive oil's varietals
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Oro del Desierto Coupage
Pressed in the desert from a blend of organic Spanish olives, from Almería.
A consistent front-runner on the international award-circuit, from Jaén.
Castillo de Canena
Picual or Arbequina, one of the best EVOO in the world, from Jaén
Oro del Desierto Varietals
Extra Virgin olive oils literally grown in the desert
Nobleza del Sur Arbequina
Delicate Arbequina, bright green with intense herbaceous and fruit aromas
Pago Baldios San Carlos
Pressed from 100% Arbequina olives of Extremadura, Spain
Pressed from a wonderful blend of Arbequina & Hojiblanca olives
Spanish Arbequina from Priego de Cordoba
Arbequina olive oil
This variety is characteristic of Catalonia (Tarragona and Lleida) and Alto Aragon, although its growth has spread to practically the entire country. It takes its name from the town of leridana de Arbeca.
It produces a very fluid and sweet oil, in which it is almost impossible to perceive bitter or peppery flavors. Its olive oil has a fruity aroma of olives, apple, banana and almond.
Characteristics and properties of Arbequina Olive Oils
The main feature of the arbequina olive oil is that it is sweet, no bitter aftertaste. However, some Arbequina Olive Oils may sting in throat, stating simply that it is fresh.
Another characteristic of arbequina olive oil is that it tends to be quite aromatic, giving fruity aromas, like banana and apple. Actually, mature arbequina olive oils tend to remind to the porridge of fruits for babies.
This smell is due to the high percentage of polyunsaturated acids that often contain. As these acids are more volatile than the oleic acid (monounsaturated), arbequina olive oil has the disadvantage that it is less stable compared to other olive oil varieties.
Nevertheless, Arbequina olive oil, like the rest of the olive oils, has a high percentage of oleic acid, which helps to reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) increasing the good one (HDL).
It should also be noted that Arbequina olive oil has slightly lower values of polyphenols than the rest of the varieties, so people who consume olive oil with the intention of improving their cardiovascular health should consume other varieties such as the Picual.