This article, written by Nancy Harmon Jenkins, appears on The Washington Post.
The magic of pressing olive oil in Italy
The fragrance of brand-new olive oil is unmistakable. If you’ve ever experienced it, you’ll recognize it instantly ever after. When the oil is fresh from the press, it’s as intense and all-pervasive as the aroma of white truffles, as penetrating as that of fir balsam, as seductive as the smell of June roses lingering in the nose for days after the blooms themselves have faded.
The best time and place to experience that extraordinary perfume in its fullest impact is at the olive mill — the frantoio, as it’s called in Italy — at the moment newly harvested olives are crushed into oil. Second best is a bottle of fresh, new-season oil, coming into U.S. markets in February and March — i.e., right now — from Italy, Spain, Greece and, to a lesser extent, France, California and other parts of the olive oil world. Read more at The Washington Post…