Why Croatian Olive Oil Deserves to Be at the Heart of Every Gathering

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Olive oil from Croatia is having its own special moment. As we approach the festive season around the world, Selo Olive Oil celebrates this time during their annual olive harvest. Each year, mid-November marks a new chapter for this exquisite, family-owned olive farm in Zadar based in Dalmatian coastal region. This beautiful region is set on the east shores of the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia. 

About Selo Olive Oil

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Croatia’s olive oil production is quite sacred. Did you know that Croatia’s small coastal villages produce just 0.1% of the world’s total olive oil supply? Just 4,000 metric tons of olive oil per year are produced by Croatia’s small coastal villages. Selo Olive Oil, for example, is pressed in small batches or just a few thousand liters per year. 

Selo Olive Oil is derived from a single varietal olive indigenous to the Dalmatian coastal region for thousands of years or since the time of Roman Dalmatia. This particular olive varietal is called Oblica. This varietal is hand-picked and cold pressed every November at the annual village harvest near Zadar. 

How do you know when the olives are ready to be harvested? The olives come in a range of colors, including light green and dark black. Olives that are ready to be picked are large in size, or about the size of an extra-large gumball. 

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Friends and family of Selo Olive Oil in Croatia gather together to pick the olives from their orchards, making this beloved company a true family venture. As soon as the olives are picked, they are pressed at their mill each and every evening, and each time it is a celebration. This family-run business celebrates each night with feast, eating prosciutto, drinking wine, and sharing stories. 

Unique Ways to Incorporate Olive Oil in Different Dishes

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Extra virgin olive oil makes for the perfect ingredient in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes. Expand your horizons outside of the traditional warm bread with olive oil or your favorite salad with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze. Selo Olive Oil is a perfect ingredient or accompaniment for Burrata and Tomato Salad, pan frying sandwich bread, Skillet Apples with Cinnamon, a wide variety of cakes and breads from rosemary to orange, Shakshuka, and so much more. 

View Selo Olive Oil’s recipe list here and recreate your favorites or try out a brand-new recipe at home. 

Selo Olive Oil is filled with monounsaturated fatty acids that, according to research, could benefit heart health and may even help protect against heart disease. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, including Selo Olive Oil, contains a good number of vitamins like Vitamin E and Vitamin K in each serving. Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that is great for skin health. Vitamin K plays a key role in heart health, bone hearth, blood clotting, and much more. 

Tip: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the most stable cooking oil with a high smoke point. This means you can use extra virgin olive oil for many different cooking methods. These methods include baking, stir-frying, sauteing, and frying. 

Purchase Selo Olive Oil

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Selo Olive Oil ships worldwide, including to the USA. Their Croatian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is sold in single (500 mL) or triple batches as well as a package of six bottles. 

Selo Olive Oil has received hundreds of 5-star reviews from customers around the world. These include such remarks as Selo Olive Oil is the “best olive oil” and “tastes like home” to “exceeds expectations” and “the only olive oil I’ll ever buy”. 

Visit their website and subscribe to their email list for regular coupons and special offers. 

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Images courtesy of Selo Olive Oil

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