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Spotlight on...Mandranova Extra Virgin Olive Oils December 12 2014

Mandranova Olive Oils are produced at the *Azienda Agricola Mandranova by Giuseppe and Sylvia Di Vincenzo. Each of their four award winning oils are monocultivar or produced using a single variety of olive. They are harvested early to capture the highest levels of polyphenols and milled within hours in their immaculate facilities on the Estate.

The Mandranova  farm and Resort is 420 acres of hillside, located on the Western coast of Sicily, 22 km southeast of Agrigento and 2 km beyond Palma di Montechiaro. 

 

 

 

The olives grow just a few miles from the sea, under the sun of Sicily with groves that contain a  combination of ancient and young olive trees. The cultivars grown here are Nocellara del Belice, Biancolilla , Girraffa and Cerasuola olives.

 

 

 

 

Silvia and Giuseppe Di Vincenzo have created a working farm and an inviting resort. In this bit of paradise tucked away in the hills you can experience a slice of Sicily.  Set among a garden of palm trees there is a 19th century rustic farmhouse and restored railway station which create a beautiful blend of tradition and modern. Guests can enjoy peace and relaxing solitude in their 8 bedrooms and 4 suites or take a cooking class where you will learn to use the beautiful oils and preserves the farm produces. Each evening you can dine on Silvia’s delicious creations, breaking bread in a social environment, mingling with the other guests at the large wooden tables.  The groves are Giuseppe’s playground where he will proudly show you the olives following a line of palm trees along the old railway track.

 

The Mandranova Extra Virgin Olive Oils:

 

Mandranova has won many awards from numerous olive oil competitions worldwide.

 

I have to say I really love the Mandranova oils and I have literally used cases and cases over the last few years in my own kitchen!

 

Mandranova Girraffa

  • Made from 100% Girraffa olives
  • Pale green in colour
  • Mild intensity
  • Fruity with a slight spicy end note
  • Great on raw fish, white meat like poultry, goat cheese or in desserts. 

 

Mandranova Cerasuola

  • Made from 100% Cerasuola olives
  • Golden yellow with green colour
  • Medium intensity
  • Fruity with the scents of olive, almond and marjoram and artichokes. The taste is balanced with some pleasant bitterness and a slight peppery aftertaste.
  • Great on farro or grain salads, pasta dishes with vegetables, bean or legume salads, soups, red meat and aged cheeses.

 

    Mandranova Biancolilla

    • Made from 100% Biancolilla olives
    • Pale green in colour
    • Medium intensity
    • Medium fruity with the smell of fresh cut grass
    • Great on raw seafood, steamed fish, delicate soups or sauces, fresh cheeses or in desserts.

     

      Mandranova Nocellara

      • Made from 100% Nocellara del Belice olives
      • Beautiful bright green colour with golden hues
      • Medium-Robust intensity
      • A glorious fruity oil with the perfect balance of bitterness and pungency, which are indications of high levels of anti-oxidant polyphenols.
      • The taste is complex with hints of medium ripe tomatoes, artichokes and basil.
      • Great on typical Mediterranean dishes like grilled eggplant or peppers, raw tuna, vegetables au gratin, pasta dishes with tomatoes, hearty soups, mushrooms, fish stew, grilled/roasted meats and of course toasted bread rubbed with garlic!

      Here are some links to recipes we have enjoyed with Mandranova Oils on our cooking blog http://iwanttocookthat.wordpress.com/

       

      *Azienda Agricola designates a business as Agricultural Farm Business in Italian.