Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Pugila, Italy

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Pugila, Italy

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While visiting the region of Pugila in Italy I fell in love with this organic olive oil and the amazing family which owns and operates the farm. I loved it so much that even after two years it is still a staple in my kitchen. These beautiful bottles of olive oil enchant you with their hand marked labels and Italian charm. I buy them directly from their farm in Italy to share with you!

Read the full story of how this Olive Oil made its way into my life in my travel section.

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Marika and Gianluca De Vitis

Marika and Gianluca De Vitis have been producing high-quality olive oil since 2002. I had the privilege of meeting them both during my visit to Puglia, Italy (located in the “heel” of Italy's boot shape), where some of the best olives in the world are grown. Located in the Lecce countryside in Puglia, the De Vitis farm covers 50 hectares (5,000 acres) and uses four varieties of olive: Ogliarola, Frantoio, Leccino, and Cellina di Nardo. They never use herbicides or pesticides when treating their olive trees, allowing the pure, organic olives these trees produce to taste as good and as natural as possible.

They use the latest generation of machines, which collects the olives directly from their trees. Right after that, they are milled cold in the little town of Vernole. This process denies the olives the time they need to become more acidic, which in turn produces excellent extra-virgin olive oil (for which they've won numerous awards, including The Gold of Italy in 2016 and 2017).

We decided on purchasing over 60 pounds of olive oil which filled the back of our taxi to take back to Oklahoma as gifts. We had to use one entire large suitcase and pray for its safe arrival back to the states.  I have been enjoying cooking with this olive oil in my kitchen for the past two years and it has been the finest olive oil I've ever used. Because the De Vitis have such a small remote farm they haven't been able to distribute outside of Italy before. I am happy to announce that I am the first to bring this olive oil to the United States for sale. Located in the Lecce countryside in Puglia, the De Vitis farm covers 50 hectares (5,000 acres) and uses four varieties of olive: Ogliarola, Frantoio, Leccino, and Cellina di Nardo. They never use herbicides or pesticides when treating their olive trees, allowing the pure, organic olives these trees produce to taste as good and as natural as possible.