The perfect gift this Christmas? Something rare, useful, precious thanks to its intrinsic value but also not excessively expensive since these are hard times and ostentation is out of place. Possibly a tasty gift too, since we write in these pages, and decisively made in Italy to improve the chances of our country’s economy. In other words: extra virgin olive oil.
Italian extra virgin olive oil is even more precious this year: because of a terrible harvest, what with the bad weather and the attack of parasites, national production has ben virtually halved and with a problematic quality too, so much so that many producers decided not to bottle and therefore raise their prices. For this very reason, among more careful consumers the (Italian) “good oil hunt” has begun. Not an easy task, since this shortage also increases the risk of scams and in many cases olives come from other regions, or countries.
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The Oleonauta gift basket
Themes and characteristics linked to extra virgin olive oil, told by Luciana Squadrilli
a journalist born in Naples now living in Rome, she tries to make her three passions meet: eating, travelling and writing