Organic Extra virgin olive oils from Italy

Organic Olive Oils have been enjoying increasing popularity with all consumers who value their health and environmentally friendly production for years. In particular, in Italy, a growing number of quality-conscious producers are converting to organic cultivation: Among them top names such as Quattrociocchi, Cutrera, Agraria Riva del Garda and Sommariva, whose extra-virgin oils here in ours Online shop "OliveOilsItaly" are available.

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What does "organic extra virgin olive oil" mean and how do I recognize organic olive oils from Italy?

"Extra Virgin Olive Oil"

Also Extra Virgin Olive Oils with the addition "organic" must first of all meet the already very strict quality guidelines that apply to all oils in the category Extra Virgin Olive Oil apply:

They can therefore only be obtained using a mechanical process in which the olives are cold, i.e. pressed at a maximum of 27 ° C. In addition, the acidity must not exceed 0.8% and other objectively demonstrable properties are required, which concern either the taste or the smell of the oil. An olive oil of the category "extra virgin" or "extra virgin" must be recognizable fruity, bitter or hot and smell and taste and overall be free of defects.

EU Organic Olive Oil Seal
EU Organic Olive Oil Seal

The organic label: strict regulations for cultivation ...

The addition "organic" means that the olive oil was produced in accordance with the requirements of EU Regulation No. 834 from 2007. It applies to all food and other products that come from certified organic cultivation and are labeled with the EU seal for organic products : This is attached to the front or back label of the bottle and consists of a stylized leaf with the central rib and the leaf edge marked by stars in white on an olive green background (see illustration on the right).

Food from certified organic products that bear this seal must meet several requirements: I m In the case of herbal products, these are primarily the complete elimination of mineral synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides for weed control and pest control, as well as genetic engineering.To protect the soil instead of leaching it out, only mulch, liquid manure or green manure are permitted for fertilizing the fields. Furthermore, the ban on artificial fertilizers less nitrates is introduced into the ground and surface water. Pest control is also biological - for example by exposing certain insects that destroy plant pests - and not by means of often highly toxic pesticides.

...and during processing

However, the guidelines of the EU regulation are not limited to the cultivation of plants - also with whose further processing has special requirements : No artificial ones are allowed Dyes or flavor enhancers are used. If a company produces the same product from both conventional and organically grown fruits, their further processing must be carried out completely separately. The extra virgin olive oil is therefore produced after harvesting in special facilities in which the organic olives are stored and processed separately from conventionally grown ones.

Healthy for you, good for the environment

Organic farming does not only protect the environment and nature by not using synthetic active ingredients for fertilization and pest control. Other measures such as greening the soil and planting the edges of cultivated areas also contribute to agriculture in harmony with nature . In this way, the cultivation of organic olives makes a valuable contribution to the preservation of the cultural landscape on the Mediterranean.

At the same time, organic farming ensures the end product is free of harmful substances by banning pesticides and other environmental toxins, which are characterized by a particularly intense taste. This also applies to our organic extra virgin olive oils: they are healthy for you, good for the environment.

From what has been said so far, it follows that organic farming - compared to conventional agriculture - requires a significantly higher workload : Just think of the constant monitoring of the pests, which is absolutely necessary biological methods should be used to combat them in good time. Organic farmers must also have extensive knowledge and know-how . Last but not least, these can never achieve the same productivity as would be possible with conventional agriculture. A maximum output is also not their goal: This lies in the best possible management in harmony with nature and the environment.

As a consequence of the higher labor input and the lower productivity, naturally higher prices. Food from k.b.A. are therefore always more expensive than conventionally produced ones - this naturally also applies to our organic olive oils.

Organic olive oils from Italy

In Italy, special attention has been paid to organic farming for many years. In spring 2017, the Italian parliament even passed a Framework Law on Organic Agriculture . In this, it is elevated to an “activity of national interest” with regard to its social function. As reasons for this step, the initiators emphasize that organic agriculture is based on the "quality of its products and processes that guarantee food safety, animal welfare and the protection of the environment and biodiversity". The law aims to provide the organic farms in the country with a secure framework, innovative tools and sufficient resources.

It is therefore no wonder that a growing number of Italian companies from agriculture and food production are converting to organic farming. The olive oil industry is no exception.

Even among the producers whose olive oils we offer in our online shop, some have been practicing organic cultivation for years. For example, the small manufacturer Sommariva based in Albenga in Liguria, which was certified as an organic farm in 1972. In addition, there are also large producers such as Quattrociocchi from Frosinone in Lazio, who offer a correspondingly wide range of organically produced extra-virgin olive oils can.

In any case, all organic oils are extra virgin oils of the highest and multiple award-winning quality. So now take a look at our large selection of organic olive oils!

Test winner organic olive oils at BIOL

The constantly growing importance of organically grown olive oils is also reflected in many important olive oil competitions and in the relevant guides. The most famous among the latter is probably the Gambero Rosso. With regard to the numerous competitions that are held around the “green gold”, almost all of them have now launched one or more divisions for organic olive oil: The leading example here is the New York International Olive Oil Competition called.

However, one of the few competitions that specialize entirely in organic olive oil takes place in Italy, the world's second largest growing country. Nevertheless, products from all over the world are tested and awarded prizes at the BIOL. The setting for this competition, which is under the patronage of the international manufacturers' association IFOAM, is the Apulian Andria; In addition to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, the organizers are several regional and local bodies and authorities.

Some of the leading producers whose olive oils have so far emerged as the BIOL test winner are: