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Knowing the provenance of your oil is more important than ever

| Katharine Doré

As the Carabinieri arrest 33 suspects involved in selling FAKE Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the US knowing the provenance of your oil is all the more important than ever and buying it straight from a Nudo producer is just common sense. 

Feb 22

The suspects were importing olive pomace - basically what remains of the pressed fruit pulp after milling -  and extracting the remnants of oil using chemical solvents. This was then then bottled and labelled as extra virgin olive oil and exported to the US to be sold through retail chains in New York, Boston and Chicago.

Meanwhile it has been a busy start to the year in the Nudo Office with the rush to get our Olio Nuovo shipped to customers across the globe.

Feb 22 6

Here in Liguria the harvest seemed to be quite a late one but luckily whilst the yields per tree were low the quality remained top notch. Rumour has it that yields were as much as 50% down this year in Italy … another reason to absolutely know what is in your bottle or tin.

Feb 22 1

It is always such a real thrill to meet customers when they come to visit their trees here in the Ligurian hills. One of the questions I am always asked is why is Nudo oil so damn good.

I try to explain as best I can that it is to do with the freshness and quality of Nudo’s olives when they go to the mill and the fact we do not use olives that have been picked up from nets that have been lying around under trees for weeks on end as some people do and to be honest is the custom here in Liguria.

I decided this year to take a few pictures to try and demonstrate the difference and here they are.

Feb 22 2

These are Bestagno olives picked by hand from the tree. They get to the mill within hours of being picked. See how fat and firm they are and with a nice fresh glow about them.

Feb 22 3

And this is a sneaky picture I took of, well shall we just say NOT Nudo olives. A few are nice and juicy and have just been picked but you can see the ones that have been lying for weeks in nets under a tree. Here every fruit, even those which were rotting away on the ground in nets for weeks were milled.

I just know which oil I want to make and which oil I want my family, friends and customers to pour over their salads!

 Feb 22 4

Now the trees are dormant and in a few days we will start pruning to get our lovelies into shape for the process to begin again.



Nudo & Bestagno Farm Owner