Santo Stefano Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil | 500 ML
Santo Stefano Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500 ML
- USDA Certified Organic, Non GMO, No Pesticides
- Produced in Sicily, Italy
- Single Source Sicilian Gourmet Olive Oil
- Family Estate Grown Hand Picked Since 1842 (that's more than 180 years!)
- 2022/2023 Limited Reserve Press
The Mission of Santo Stefano Olive Oils
- Dedicated to delivering the finest & highest quality olive oils.
- Their processing facility is a combination of traditional stone mill pressing methods and state-of-the-art technology.
- Focus on organic agriculture.
- Practice environmentally responsible sourcing.
- Maintain and share the philosophy of the centuries-old olive oil producing tradition.
- Contribute to the development of cultural aspects associated with Mediterranean cuisine.
- Honor tradition and purity associated with olive oil culture.
Santo Stefano Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the best extra virgin organic olive oils available in the world today! With five generations of expereince, the Cicarello family has been hand picking and pressing olives to create the finest Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils since 1842, from 180-year-old olive trees, on their family land in Santo Stefano Quisquina AG, in the Province of Agrigento, in the Sicily region of Italy.
The olives are harvested between the late October to late November, when not quite ripe, which accounts for its intense fruity flavor and balanced aroma. In an effort to maintain the tradition of olive oil production, the harvesting is done by hand (from pruning and irrigation to picking, crushing and bottling) all of which contributes to the production of the finest quality olive oil, and reduces the damaging of olives during the process and ensures the low acidity levels. For optimal quality, the olives are cleaned and cold-pressed in a traditional granite stone mill within 24 hours of harvesting. After being pressed, the oil is kept in the dark in closed containers, at a cool temperature around 57F - 64F, away from direct heat and light. During the bottling process, each bottle is filled and labeled by hand - a method that symbolizes the passionate connection with the art of olive oil and the pride of a land rich with nostalgic traditions.
Pressed within 24 hours of hand picking, the distinctive blend of Sicilian Biancolilla, Nocellara del Belice, and Cerasuola olives, from approx. 4,000 plants, grown on 20 hectares of land, at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level brims with the flavor and aroma of green grass and almonds.
Harvest takes place only once a year during October and November. Each harvest is labelled with the press date denoted with the year it was harvested and the selling year. Therefore, only limited quantities are available — ensuring the finest quality and the most fragrant flavor to satisfy any pallette.
Thanks to its strong and fruity flavor, it is able to enhance any dish where you currently use olive oil and many more dishes and uses for olive oil you have yet to try. The subtle balance of aromatic flavors, and rich taste, entwined with elements of almonds and peppery bites linger exquisitely on the palate. Santo Stefano Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not only tasty, but also good for your health, as it is rich in polyphenols, vitamins, tocopherols and antioxidants.
Known for producing the highest quality olive oil, Santo Stefano Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil has earned a respectable reputation in the Sicly region, thus becoming the main supplier of organic olive oil for local Italian consumers proud to be a part of the pastoral culture in this traditional heartland of olive oil.