The extra virgin olive Alto Crotonese joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) that was released on 16 July 2003.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process must be carried out in the region of Calabria.
Together with Lametia and to Bruttium, the extra virgin olive oil Crotonese Alto is the only olive oil produced in Calabria to have been recognized by the European Union PDO.
The High Crotonese PDO is the extra virgin olive oil obtained from olives of the variety Carolea that must be present in the olive groves in not less than 70%. The varieties present in olive groves and can compete alone or together in the production of the name “High Crotonese” in no more than 30% are cultivars: Pennulara, Borgese, Leccino, Tonda of Stroud and Rossanese.
Olives for the production of extra virgin olive Alto Crotonese PDO must be produced as part of the Province of Crotone, in the territories of the High Crotonese Olive trees in the area.
The extra virgin olive Alto Crotonese PDO, in the act placing on consumption, must meet the following characteristics:
– Color: yellow-green light;
– Smell: delicate olive oil;
– Flavor: slightly fruity;
– Total acidity of not more than 0.7 grams per 100 grams of oil;
The organoleptic and nutritional own extra virgin olive oil High Crotonese PDO, make it one of the lighter oils of Calabria, easy to taste raw on bread, and full-bodied on the Calabrian typical appetizers, cold meats and aged cheeses. The delicate taste and kind of this oil makes it suitable for everyone.


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