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Olive groves are not something we usually associate with Scotland but, in this case, EVOO has a lovely connection with Scotland. In 2007, Kirkcaldy couple, Callum and Anne Marie Henderson bought a ramshackle property in Southern Spain. Callum and Anne Marie knew nothing about their attached olive groves until a neighbour appeared with their share of olive oil straight from the local cooperative. Several years on, and with a renovated house in the Andalucian hills, Callum is now a member of the local olive oil cooperative and sells his extra virgin olive oil throughout the UK. It really is a story of living a dream!
The house and olive groves are located in the countryside near the village of Algarinejo, Andalucia in the South of Spain. Algarinejo is located in the province of Granada, adjacent to Priego de Cordoba and Jaen. The area is dominated by steeply sloping, craggy mountains rising up above beautiful narrow valleys. The high rainfall, large temperature variations, high lime content of the soil and altitude (in excess of 600m above sea level) are ideal for growing great tasting olives.
In 2013, 8 of the best 10 Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the world came from Spain: 6 of these came from Andalucía. We were certainly intrigued by this, and is one reason why we really wanted to work with Callum and Anne Marie here at Fresh Food Express. Not all Olive Oils are the same. Extra Virgin Oilve Oil is without doubt, the best olive oil. It is valued for its perfect balance in terms of flavour, aroma, colour, and acidity level. To be certified for the “Extra Virgin” Label, an olive oil should be produced by mechanical extraction methods (no chemicals or hot water applied), be from only the first cold-pressing, have an oleic acidity level of less than one percent and, of course, have a perfect taste.
Producing Extra Virgin Olive Oil using the traditional way is more time intensive and produces a lower yield, meaning it is therefore more expensive but this guarantees quality and flavour. Today, high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil is in the minority and is produced only by small family farms or small farmers’ co-operatives. EVOO's Extra Virgin Olive Oil is only from small, specialist producers or farmers co-operative and is a natural product, made with only the pure juice of the olive. It is rich in vitamins and natural antioxidants and free from any additives. It is 100% pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Nothing else.