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'First Day of Harvest' Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil

'First Day of Harvest' Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Incredibly Fresh & Peppery Picual Oil

All Natural

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  • Super early harvest - limited quantities
  • Brilliant fresh green color
  • Piquant and aromatic, 0.13% acidity
  • Distinctive red bottle preserves freshness
  • Label designed by renowned author Juan Eslava Galán
  • Size - 16.9 oz/500 ml

This exceptional Picual oil is a brilliant golden green color with a fragrance of herbs and artichokes. The first taste has hints of citrus with a bold peppery finish. For the afficionado, this is the finest quality extra virgin olive oil in all of Spain - and perhaps the world!

First Day of Harvest means just that - the Vaño family chooses the peak time for harvesting, just before they are fully ripe. On the very first day, they press the olives, yielding a super fresh olive oil packed with chlorophyll and antioxidants - healthy and incredibly flavorful!

If the olive pickers waited just a few days later, they would have harvested riper olives which would have produced double the amount of olive oil. But the oil would not have been as pristine and flavorful. That is what makes this limited edition oil so special.

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 cold pressed by the renowned Vañó family in Andalusia. For centuries, the Vañó family has grown olive trees and pressed them to make 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 producing olive oil with the perfect balance of aroma and flavor.

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Customer Reviews

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    "Tasting this olive oil is like drinking a very fine red wine. The perfect use is dipping some crusty hot bread in it."

    Kitty - Opelika, AL December 2017

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    "This oil is clearly high quality and very fresh. But it was too bitter for us. I would not buy it again."

    B - West Palm Beach, FL April 2017

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    "love this olive oil. The spicy peppery finish add great flavor to anything."

    Kathy - Holland, PA June 2016

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    "I loved it! "

    patricia - Lancaster, CA March 2016

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    "Wow! This is the best olive oil I have ever tasted. Thank you!"

    Wendy - Whitinsville, MA March 2015

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    David - MPLS, MN April 2014

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