Health Benefit of Early Harvest Olive Oil.
Typically, the olive harvest begins at the end of November, and lasts until mid-January.
The olives collected during this period are already quite ripe, juicy and, when pressed, produce a fragrant and soft oil.
However, there is also something we call an early harvest olive oil.
What is the difference? Here, an early crop is harvested at the beginning of October.
These olives are hard, and just starting to darken at this time.
The oil yield from such olives is much lower than that of the riper, softer ones, which is why the resulting olive oil is more expensive than when it is made from olives harvested at the usual time.
You can tell the difference between this olive oil and an ordinary one not only by its taste, but also by its smell.
Its aroma is always saturated and intense.
All early harvest olive oils have a common feature – they always have a “full body”, and you will cough after swallowing some.
Still, the range of flavours may be different, as this depends on the variety, or blend of olives.
Don’t use this kind of olive oil with fresh vegetable salads, because it will dominate and completely kill the taste of the dish.
However, early harvest olive oils do go very well with a juicy steak, or grilled trout.
It’s also worth noting another important side of early harvest olive oil – its health benefits.
Olive oils produced from early harvested olives contain a record-high number of polyphenols and vitamin E.
For example, regular extra virgin olive oil contains about 150-200 mg of polyphenols per kg, while the number of polyphenols in early harvest olive oil is more than 500 mg per kg.
Moreover, early harvest olive oils always have a lower acidity: about 0.2 %, compared to the usual range of 0.4-0.6 % acidity in regular harvest olive oils.
Let’s review a few examples of early harvest olive oil.
Organic extra virgin early harvest olive oils DEORTEGAS.
The Deortegas family produces single variety oils from Cornicabra, Arbequina, Picual and Hojiblanca.
Extra virgin early harvest olive oils PROTOLEO, AEGAEA and AEGAEA ORGANIC.
These olive oils from Lesbos island (Greece) will surprise you with subtle shades and strong finish.
Organic extra virgin unfiltered early harvest olive oil SOPOTNIK.
Sopotnik is an excellent olive oil from Portoroz, Slovenia.
It’s unfiltered so it has powerful taste and intense aroma. However, like any unfiltered oil, it cannot be stored for a long time after opening, just a few weeks.
Extra virgin early harvest olive oil VANJA COUVEE.
This premium olive oil, created by the famous oil-maker Vanja Dujc is a blend of 16 varieties of olives. Olive oil VANJA COUVEE has a lot of prestigious prizes from International fairs and competitions.
These are some more early harvest olive oils you can find in our web-store.
Try, enjoy and share with us your impressions!