A superior quality oil - Zottopera extra virgin olive oil is produced from the centuries old olive-groves of the hilly Chiaramonte Gulfi countryside, which for 2000 years has been the cradle of one of the most renown olive oils, today much appreciated in quality Italian cuisine. Zottopera olive oil is obtained from olive trees of the rare "Cetrale" variety or "Tonda iblea" , dating back to the Aragonese domination in the 14th century. The Agrobiologica Rosso adopts strict rules for the harvest, processing and preservation that improve the excellent characteristics of the oil given by these olive trees for over seven centuries. In fact, for centuries the owners of Agrobiologica Rosso have taken care of the family olive-groves, with experience, passion and respect of the great family tradition. Furthermore, the cultures are selected following the teachings of organic agriculture. Today like yesterday, olives are hand picked, one after the other, collected in small containers, that ensure the perfect integrity of the drupe (the main factor of a high quality production), and immediately sent to be pressed in a modern oil-mill for cold pressing, that guaranties perfect sanitary processing conditions indispensable to the production of an excellent olive oil. After a short period of natural decantation that ensures an optimal maturing, Zottopera oil is ready to be appreciated in its high distinctive features, that make it an indispensable ingredient and dressing in the best Italian cuisine.
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Production area: Zottopera state - Chiaramonte Gulfi countryside - Entry number in the olive groves register of the MONTI IBLEI: 24
Certification: QC&I Internatinal Services Quality Assurance System
DOP MONTI IBLEI certification: Agroquality - Roma - Reg. CEE 2081/92
Altitude: 400 meters above sea level
Olive variety: Tonda Iblea (cetrale)
Lotta parassitaria: assente
Period of harvest: November - December
Use: ideal raw on fhresh vegetables, fish and slices of toasted bread (bruschette), or cooked on roats, game and for frying.