how to choose between our 2024 season extra virgin olive oils

how to choose between our 2024 season extra virgin olive oils

While the best advice that we can give you when it comes to choosing your extra virgin olive oil is to ‘buy it fresh’, the next best advice we can give is to walk you through our range. You may have seen that we produce a number of different types of olive oil – Frantoio, Picual, CoratinaArbequina and Organic. Contrary to popular belief, not all olive oils are made equal! These names of our olive oils refer to the varietal of olive that the oil is sourced from – apart from organic, of course, which is a delicious blend of the best organic olives we can get our hands on each year. 

what’s the difference between olive oil varietals?

The difference between types of extra virgin olive oil can all be found in the flavour, specifically in the fruitiness, bitterness and pepperiness of each type. Following this are individual tasting notes – just like tasting different types of wine, different types of extra virgin olive oil can carry different flavour characteristics. Understanding what sort of flavours you like or need to create a certain type of dish will determine which olive oil is best for you.

arbequina extra virgin olive oil: the delicate one.

An olive varietal that originated in Spain, our Arbequina has a fresh, slightly sweet aroma with hints of toffee apple and baking spice. A delicate oil with a buttery texture and well-balanced bitterness and pepperiness. Arbequina extra virgin olive oil is the perfect option for delicate dressings; sweet or savoury baking applications; or used to confit your favourite protein or vegetables.

Buy Mount Zero Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

frantoio extra virgin olive oil: the all-rounder.

Our Frantoio is an Australian-grown Italian varietal that has a wonderful herbaceous aroma with a hint of citrus. This is a medium-style oil with a lovely savoury nose and notes of bitter greens and Jerusalem artichoke with a balanced bitterness and soft texture. A versatile oil that can be used for all applications including frying, finishing your favourite dishes, or as part of a marinade. We love to use it as the base for homemade pesto!

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early harvest picual extra virgin olive oil: the elegant one.

This is the very first of our 2024 season olive oil, picked nearly a month early to maximise its flavour and nutritional content. Made from 100% Picual olives, it's characterised by an intense aroma of tomato vine, strawberry tops, peppery herbs and spicy horseradish with a beautifully balanced bitterness that lingers on the palate.

This premium extra virgin olive oil is best enjoyed in its pure form, where its quality and flavour can shine! Think simple salad dressings, dipped with bread or drizzled over anything warm or hot that will result in an incredible aroma release.

Last year, this oil won Gold at both the Australian International Olive Awards and the Terraolivo International Olive Oil Competition, and it's not hard to see why. We used the highest quality fruit we could get our hands on, which was cold-pressed within hours of being picked to preserve its incredible flavour.

Buy Mount Zero Early Harvest Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil

coratina extra virgin olive oil: the robust one.

Coratina is our full-flavoured extra virgin olive oil that’s your go-to for when only the boldest will do. Its aroma leaps from the bottle with fresh radish, mustard greens and cut grass, with zesty coriander seed spice on the palate and a lingering pepperiness that builds and builds.

Bursting with antioxidants, our Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil is perfect for those searching for a high polyphenol count in their extra virgin olive oil. Use it in bold salad dressings and pestos, or drizzle with aplomb to get the most out of this incredible oil!

Buy Mount Zero Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

coming soon: organic extra virgin olive oil

Stay tuned for our Organic 2024 extra virgin olive oil coming to our range soon!

So that's the range of olive oils! We hope you find a favourite in here. Why not continue your discovery by learning more about the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in one of our past posts?

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