A Rare Fruit – Manzanilla Cacereña Olives

The  Manzanilla Cacereña olives are a variety cultivated exclusively in, and are indigenous to, Sierra de Gata, a small region in the north of Extremadura close to the Portuguese border.  This olive is not widely used to produce oil, yet its flavor profile and temperature charactoristics make an exceptional oil.  The olive can freeze on the tree and the oil is still excellent without the dry wood taste that other olives get once frozen and it stands up well to heat when cooking.  The Manzanilla Cacereña trees are of modest size, growing practically unattended on hills and mountain slopes. Many blend into the landscape of pine-tree and oak woods, as well as the fig, vine, chestnut and orange tree plantations that climb over the terraces.

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