Uncommon Gourmet has expanded our offering in 2020. For several years I have been searching for EVOO that has been properly infused with natural products instead of low- quality olive oil that is flavored to cover up the impurities with chemicals.
Our search is over. In October while traveling in the south of Italy we visited the estate of Marina Colonna. The Colonna estate nestles in sight of the blue Adriatic Sea among the low hills of Molise in central Italy. The estate is 180 hectares and was inherited in 1996 from her father don Francesco. Marina states “Innovation is still a key part of my vocation here on the farm. Tradition is at the root, but research and improvement are the branches and leaves that bring us our fruit”.
I was impressed with the taste and quality of the EVOO from this estate. We were there in October at the onset of ripeness, which is the ideal point to begin harvesting. Only at this precise moment does the olive contain a high percentage of polyphenols, which provides the main characteristics of the oils: their longevity and antioxidant properties.
The infused EVOO have been produced since 1990 using fresh olives from the farm that are milled with the peel of organic lemons or organic berries or organic seeds or organic basil leaves. I can’t wait for you to taste this spectacular infused EVOOs. And, as a bonus, Marina is using an anfora bottle like one from the Roman times. Enjoy!!!