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KATZ ORGANIC DECEMBER'S NEW OIL, "Olio Nuovo" 375 ml. $25

That is it for 2017! Look forward to December 2018!

Olive Harvest Notes From Albert Katz

We began harvest on October 31st in our KATZ Farm olive groves on a mild fall morning. First to be picked is the early-ripening variety called Leccino. The oil extracted from this fruit lends a nice spiciness to our oils. Over the coming weeks we will harvest all the fruit from this grove, including the Frantoio and Maurino varieties, both of which announces total freshness with their grassy qualities together with hints of artichoke, fennel, and a little green almond. The flavors so far this year are bold and “brash” and I expect our final blend to reflect these characteristics.

As we press all of the olives, I make notes, both mental and actual, about each lot knowing that I am looking for a few special, distinctive barrels to make this select oil each harvest. I then go back after we are done pressing, and together with Jacob, we taste the barrels I have earmarked and decide on a final blend…a truly fun, if not a bit nerve-wracking process.

Ciao, Albert Katz

P.S. This freshly milled olive oil is meant to be used without delay and with GUSTO!

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The first olive oil off the press each year has a pungent, fruity and rustic character. It long has been a tradition in Italy to celebrate this new olive oil each year. In Northern Italy it is referred to as olio nuovo, in Southern Italy as olio novello, and here at KATZ we refer to it as December’s New Oil. It’s the first expression of the olive harvest, and while the time to savor it is fleeting, it is oh so enjoyable. Oil at this stage is still rich with suspended particles of chlorophyll-laden olives that give it a bold, green color, a truly unctuous texture, and an intense flavor.

The oil begins to settle out as soon as it is pressed, but it won’t be until we are into the new year - around two months after bottling - that much of the explosive flavor will mellow and mature, allowing for a more stable and long lasting oil. But then again, no one buys our December’s New Oil to let it sit on the shelf…they buy it to enjoy the heightened color and flavor in some simple but traditional ways…a good loaf of rustic bread, sliced and grilled, then slathered with KATZ Organic December’s New Oil and lightly sprinkled with a pinch of good salt – this is always our first taste - as it is in Italy with olio nuovo and olio novello.

2017 December's New Oil:

50% Leccino (provides a nice, floral and spice quality and an “unctuousness” to the oil)

50% Frantoio & Maurino (more classic “Tuscan” flavors of artichoke, herbs and a grassiness with pungency and verve!)

The goal is to highlight the rustic charm of the new oil with a few simple ingredients, and there is no end to the number of ways you can showcase its amazing flavor. Poached eggs over toast, a hearty lentil soup with some fresh kale or chard, creamy polenta with a with a simply roasted chicken or duck, and grilled fish all finished with a liberal drizzle of December’s New Oil...Bravo!

But no matter how you cook with your KATZ Organic December’s New Oil, use it up quickly with passion and gusto!

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Certifications and Awards

  • California Olive Oil Council (COOC): KATZ Farm certified Extra Virgin & 100% California Grown
  • California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF): KATZ Farm is Certified Organic

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