It is that time of the year again! During the month of November, all of Puglia smells of olive oil. The rich aroma hangs in the air miles away from the mills where the farmers hurry to bring in the harvest of olives. The time of the year when the people of Puglia crowd around the mills to watch the fresh extra-virgin olive oil stream out of the spout is just a few weeks away.
The harvest is a time for celebration. One of our founder Michele Iadarola’s favorite harvest traditions is farmers and their families waiting for their oil to flow from the press. As the freshly-pressed olive oil is distributed into tins, the the farmers pour it over bread with a pinch of salt and shared with everyone waiting.
For Michele and his family, the day of the harvest is a day of family gathering. After returning from the frantoio (mill), the family’s dinner begins with the best way to taste the fresh olive oil: the simplest of bruschetta. And of course, what celebration would be complete without a nice glass of red wine?
When you receive your order, be sure to use just as we do – spread it over bruschetta bread with a pinch of salt and pair it with a glass of robust red wine, such as the Primitivo or Negroamaro from Puglia!