Green Gold: Apulian Olive Oil

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Slightly spicy, with a lightly acidic brightness and an intense ripe fruitiness, the extra virgin olive oils from Apulia are amongst the world’s best. The region supplies 40% of Italy’s table olives and olive oil, and 15% of global production – and it has been doing so for many, many generations.

The quality begins with the limestone soil and the relatively dry climate that create the perfect conditions for olive growing. The best producers build on this foundation by hand picking only fully ripe olives – machine harvesting would damage the olives, which initiates fermentation and elevates acidity to unacceptable levels – and pressing the olives within hours of picking.

Many of the mills are as ancient as the olive groves, and use massive granite millstones to produce a smooth and consistent paste from which the oil is pressed. Often these old mills are built into the limestone bedrock in order to maintain a constant and cool temperature, which again, avoids fermentation and excessive acidity.

Apulia is Italy’s breadbasket, producing most of the hard durum wheat used to make pasta; the region’s farmers grow spectacular vegetables; seafood from the long Adriatic coast and the Gulf of Taranto is abundant and excellent.

Apulia’s cuisine is based on simple but superlative ingredients: Perfect pasta, rustic breads, beautiful produce, fresh fish and shellfish, and a splash of exquisite olive oil.

Front row, left to right: FUMO, Antico Frantoio Muraglia (white ceramic bottle), Frantoio D’Orazio. Back row, left to right: Frantoio D’Orazio, Antico Frantoio Muraglia (rainbow ceramic bottle), Antico Frantoio Muraglia (black ceramic bottle).

Antico Frantoio Muraglia Olive Oil

The Muraglia family has been growing robust and intensely fruity coratina olives, and milder, delicate peranzana olives for 5 generations. The oils are hand picked at the peak of ripeness and cold pressed on massive granite millstones in their antico frantoio (ancient mill) within 24 hours. These precious oils are then bottled in ceramic jars, hand thrown and glazed in the same town, which are not only beautiful, but protect the integrity of the oil. We sell the delicate and balanced peranzana oil with its vivid scents of sun-drenched tomato, arugula and artichokes. Lovely with fish, salads and delicate, lightly cooked dishes. BUY Antico Frantoio Muraglia olive oil >


Savino Muraglia Junior developed this elegant condiment at the suggestion of a local chef. Lightly fruity Peranzana E.V.O.O. is cold-smoked with natural wood at the mill. On the palate, it combines delicate softness hinting at a smoky past, with spicy notes and a long flowery finish. Smoking the oil has a secondary benefit of extending the life of the product to two years. Magical on seafood, meats, vegetables, ricotta, bruschetta, vellutata di melanzane… BUY FUMO (smoky) olive oil >

D’Orazio Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This oil is cold-pressed from a blend of olivastro, simone, coratina and sima di mola olives, and bottled in uniquely shaped decorative tins in a variety of lovely patterns. It is intensely fruity with herbal, grassy, stone fruit notes with a softly peppery finish – lovely! BUY Frantoio D’Orazio extra virgin olive oil >


Note: After May 15, 2016, we will no longer be allowed to display and actively promote the sale of our exquisite collection of Italian, Spanish and French olive oils and vinegars in our Granville Island Public Market store. These products will still be available in our Victoria Drive store, and online. Online purchases can be shipped, or picked up at either of our stores.