Our olive oil ‘Traditions’ was awarded in Paris, in March 2019, during the biggest annual agricultural fair. This Gold Medal is a great surprise for us as it was the first time that ‘Huile des Orgues’ was competing. This olive oil is a blend of Olivière, Verdale, Poumal and Glory, which are local varieties, specific to the Roussillon. It is super fruity and without bitterness. It is ideal for salads and vegetable.
How did this happen? A technician came to our property to sample our oil. This way, no fraud is possible. The sample was blind tested by a panel. It is a national contest: we were competing with the Provence area, where olive oil producers have a longer experience! We have been lucky!!
Why a blend? First of all because it is required for the ‘AOP’ (‘appellation d’origine protégée’ or ‘product of controlled origin). Then because each variety brings his specificity, a little bit like with a wine.
With the spring, we are looking for freshness in our food. With tomatoes and mozzarella for instance, a little bit of our olive oil and some salt will make you super happy. Enjoy !