REASON #1: GROWN IN THE BEST CLIMATE AND SOIL
With its mild Mediterranean climate and volcanic soil, Sorrento Peninsula, Italy, is the ideal environment for olive trees. At La Masseria farm, four generations of the Gargiulo family have been cultivating olive trees for over 100 years. Overlooking the Gulf of Naples, the family’s well-tended olive trees include the main variety Ogliarola or Minucciola (also known in the literature as “olive for oil”) and other varieties such as Rotondella, Frantoio or Leccino.
REASON #2: COLD EXTRACTION PROCESS PRODUCES THE HIGHEST QUALITY
Harvesting, done by hand or by rake, begins in October and is completed by year end. Within two days of harvest, the olives are cold pressed at the family’s mill in Santa Maria della Neve in Massa Lubrense. The extracted oil is stored in steel silos, away from products that emit odors, at 54 to 64 °F. After a month, the oil is filtered and bottled.
REASON #3: SUPERB TASTE, BALANCED FLAVOR AND PLEASANT AROMA
The extracted oil from the "Masseria" is a beautiful straw color with a delicate aroma and pleasant notes of aromatic herbs, especially rosemary. The taste is decidedly fruity with light bitter and spicy notes. Because its acidity never exceeds 0.80%, this well-balanced oil has a clean, green and fresh almond aftertaste.
Ideal for typical Italian dishes, grilled fish and vegetables, it is also an excellent addition to sorbets and "lemon delight,” a traditional Sorrento dessert.
REASON #4: CERTIFIED HIGHEST QUALITY
The farm production is certified either as Peninsula Sorrentina DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil or only as Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The oil is stored in cans or dark glass bottles to protect it from air and light. Olive oil that is created the right way, first cold pressed, has a flavor and texture difference you’ll notice. It has better flavor, aroma, and nutrition, including more antioxidants.
REASON #5: UNIQUE FLAVORED OILS
Using the organic citrus fruits grown on the farm, the Gargiulo family also produces Sorrento lemon and orange flavored oil. These citrus-flavored oils add a unique taste to salads, fish, game, and meats.
WHERE CAN YOU GET THIS UNIQUE COLD PRESSED OIL?
You can buy the oil at the farm’s shop or have it shipped directly to your home.
So what are you waiting for? Contact us or visit us on our farm!
There is no doubt that lemons are the most rapresentative product of Massa lubrense. Although lemons hit the market with the registered designation of origin (IGP) of “Sorrento lemon”, this fruit was always known as “femminello” or “ovale massese” . It differs from the Amalfi lemon in some important aspects: a thinner rind and a stronger aroma.
Most of Sorrento lemons (about 70%) come from farms in Massa Lubrense, and they are used above all in the production of the “Limoncello”, a liqueur obtained from the infusion of lemon peels in alcohol. Some farms in the area, in addition to the “limoncello”, also produce lemon-based pastries such as the “delizie al limone” and different cakes - but even honey and cosmetics.