Producing more than 60% of the world's olive oil the Spainish and Italians know a thing or two about olive oil, so when we went looking, we made sure to get the best. Pons Primum Oleum from Spain and Olio Novello are both exceptional extra-virgin olive oils that are the perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook and entertain.
The Pons family has produced oil since 1945, masterfully made with the first batch of new olives harvested on the estate in Les Garrigues, Lleida. During the last days of October they hand-pick the earliest harvest of Arbequina olives totally unripe, carefully selected with the very low yield. This limited edition, deep green olive oil is very dense, fruity and spicy, with wonderful balance and complexity. Available for the first time in the U.S., and exclusively at Central Market, every bottle comes gift boxed in a magnificent hand made glass amphora.
Another amazing story comes from the Italian Olio Novello that we sourced. One of many great food rituals in Italy is the annual tasting of the first freshly pressed olive oil of the harvest season. The new oil is called “Novello”, Italian for “new”. Available once a year in very limited quantities, we fly this oil in from Italy to insure freshness. The frantoio type olives have been hand selected by Daniele Salvagno and crushed according to the family tradition that dates back to 1895. Fruity and full bodied taste of fresh cut grass and a slightly spicy sensation at the end. This unfiltered oil is ideally used for dipping your favorite breads and as a condiment or finishing ingredient for vegetables, salads, fish and meat. If that isn't enough only 1,452 hand numbered bottles were produced exclusively for Central Market.