The extra virgin olive oil Terra d’Otranto becomes part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) which was issued on 21 March 1998.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process must be carried out in the region of Puglia.
The extra virgin olive oil Terra d’Otranto PDO must be obtained from olive variety, which, alone or in combination, in the groves Cellina of Nardo and Ogliarola (locally called Ogliarola Leccese or Salento) for at least 60%. They can also other varieties present in the groves in no more than 40%.
Olives for the production of extra virgin olive oil PDO Terra d’Otranto, must be produced in the territory of the provinces of Lecce and Taranto.
The extra virgin olive oil Terre d’Otranto PDO when released for consumption must have the following characteristics:
– Color: green or yellow with light green;
– Smell: medium fruity with a slight leaf;
– Taste: medium fruity with medium or slight spicy and bitter depending on the time of collection;
– Maximum total acidity of not more than 0.65 grams per 100 grams of oil.
The presence of aromatic notes in virgin olive oil Terra d’Otranto PDO, it does favor the use of food of a certain size, including grilled fish, salads, boiled vegetables, legumes and durum wheat pasta.


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