OIL FROM LAKE GARDA IN ITALY
& COOKING ARTICLE
people think of Tuscany when they think of Italian olive
oil but this year Tuscan growers of olives have had
a number of problems to contend with and not all the
oil is as good as it should is. The answer is to look
further afield to one of Italy's best kept olive oil
secrets - the region surrounding Lake Garda just south
of the Italian Tyrol in northern Italy.
the Casaliva and other local olive varieties produce
extra virgin olive oil which is herbaceously fruity
with nuts and just the right amount of well balanced
bitterness and pepper. In fact, Casaliva is closely
related to Frantoio which is one of the leading olive
varieties of Tuscany.
Garda DOP region is split into three geographically
based areas and each of them has its own DOP or denomination
or origin oil. There is the Bresciano or Occidentale
area in Lombardy on the lower west side of the lake.
On the opposite side of the lake in the Veneto is the
Garda Orientale region. The third area is the Trentino
or Nord region, set on both shores at the head of the
lake in the Trentino.
Olive Oil Producers
to look out for from the Lake Garda region include:
Bonomelli, Ca Rainene, Torri del Benaco
Nember, Fattoria Il Paradiso, Puegnano del Garde
Rindone, Frantoio Valtenese, Polpenazze del Garda
family, Turri Fratelli, Cavalon Veronese
Copyright 2008 Judy Ridgway - www.oliveoil.org.uk
03 March 2008
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