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'First Day of Harvest' Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

'First Day of Harvest' Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Brilliant Green, Super Fresh Oil

All Natural

$51.95oo-61 oo-61 oo-61
  • Brilliant vibrant green extra virgin olive oil
  • Super-select, finest quality, 0.16% Acidity
  • From sweet, fruity Arbequina olives
  • Distinctive red bottle preserves freshness
  • Label designed by renowned author Juan Eslava Galán
  • Size - 16.8 oz/500 ml

This brilliant green olive oil is the juice from tiny arbequina olives picked the first day of harvest - just before they are fully ripe. It is fresh, fruity and bursting with flavor, incomparable with the rest of the harvest.

Every spring we marvel at how the oil glows with bright green color, an indication of how exceptionally fresh and full of vibrant flavors it is.

This wonderful oil is cold pressed in very small quantities from trees selected by the Vaño family. It is very costly to produce, for if the olives are picked just a few days longer when they are fully mature and plump, they yield a much higher volume of juice from the same olive.

Knowing that the green barely ripe olive yields the best of the vintage, the Vañó family of Castilla de Canena is not willing to take that short cut for volume. They set aside a portion of the harvest; hand pick the olives as early as is possible, and bottle the brilliant green juice.

The distinctive red bottles block out all light that might compromise the flavor. For the discerning food lover, this is the once a year chance to enjoy the best of the best. It is an exclusive and limited edition released by the Vañó family.

Each year’s release is commemorated with a newly designed bottle label, created by a person from Spain who has excelled in their field and appreciated fine olive oil. This year, Castillo de Canena chose renowned author Juan Eslava Galán. Galán's new label design features two embossed Roman coins from Imperial Hispania: the bust of the Emperor Hadrian on the Picual First Day of Harvest bottle, and the goddess Athena’s owl with an olive branch on the Arbequina First Day of Harvest bottle.

Juan Eslava Galán is the son and grandson of olive-growers; he was born at the olive mill in Ariona (Jaén) and spent his early years there as well. Among his prolific writings, which include eighty books on various topics, are three books on the world of olives and oil, particularly Un jardín entre olivos (RBA, 2004).

He is the winner of the Planet Award in 1987 for his work En busca del unicornio (In Search of the Unicorn), and Eslava Galán has also received other notable prizes such as the one awarded by the Athenaeum of Seville (1991), the Fernando Lara Prize (1998), and the Andalusian Critics’ Award (1998). He holds the Andalusian Silver Medal of Honor and sits on the Board of the Institute of Studies of Jaén.

Castillo De Canena olive oils are produced by the renowned Vañó family in Andalusia. For centuries, they have produced olive oil near their 16th century castle in the foothills of the Sierra Mágina. The company takes its name from the castle itself.

Castillo de Canena carefully supervises their olive groves and hand selects olives at the peak time for creating this exceptional olive oil with the perfect balance of aroma and flavor.

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Customer Reviews

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    "We really enjoy the first day of harvest olive oils flavor is so good and consistent we use them exclusively now - they are worth the extra expense."

    Kyle - Chanhassen, MN September 2018

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    "Very good taste. It is so expensive so I got it with a $21 off coupon. It is worth its price though. "

    Agatha - Charleston, SC October 2017

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    "Buttery smooth fresh Olive Oil. My go to for dishes I want the flavor to be distinctive."

    Kathy - Holland, PA June 2016

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    "rich smooth "

    sara - grenada, MS January 2016

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    "Exceptional product! The flavour is a little strong for the uses I had intended for it however."

    Brian - Edmonton, AB May 2013

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    "An excellent I highly recommend. When in Spain I purchase this Olive Oil and the variedad picual, both great products. The price is also a great buy."

    michael - sacramento, California August 2012

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    "Olive oil at it's best. Rich and spicy and delectable. Truly spectacular flavor."

    Joy - November 2011

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    "i liked it so much i purchased a new one to replace the empty one we have only used it to drizzle, magnificent"

    allan - June 2011

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    "Love the fresh green olive fruit and silky buttery flavor. Has a spicy finish that I personally do not like as much as other Arbequina oils."

    Frank - June 2009

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