organic extra virgin olive oil
Terradiva

organic extra virgin olive oil

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The project

Adopt an olive tree from the farm "Terradiva" in Minervino Murge (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic extra virgin olive oil at home. The Farmer Vincenzo will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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Environmentalist
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BPA-free
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Personalized harvest
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Organic
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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What do you adopt?

Adopt an olive tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 1998. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your olive tree. The older olive trees on our farm (between 70 and 80 years old) are mainly of a very typical variety of Puglia: the Coratina. We do not call them "old" because the olive tree is an extraordinary plant, which can live for centuries. Coratina olive trees are very resistant and adapt to a large variety of soils, and also to ours which are stony and calcareous. The origin of the name of this variety derives from a small town in the area called "Corato". Curiously, our grandfather was also called, in our local dialect, "il coratino" precisely because he moved from that city to our town as an olive tree pruner. In our fields there are also olive trees of the Ogliarola Barese variety, while the youngest - planted in 2017 - are of the Leccino variety. We take care of our trees one by one, and we plant them in the traditional way, with about 7 meters of distance between them. We have been cultivating olive trees under the organic farming certification for more than twenty years. It was our father who made this decision in 1998 when organic farming was known to very few people. We follow the trees throughout the year, from pruning to their nourishment with substances permitted by organic farming, to the semi-mechanized olive harvest, to processing in the mill. We select only the best olives for our oil and we grind them within 12/24 hours of harvesting. We cold press the olives and the oil is then filtered. We collect the olives respecting and protecting the fauna that lives in our olive grove, especially the birds. This is why we have signed the manifesto for the protection of migratory birds in olive groves. Terradiva is our way of restoring a little beauty and dignity to the world of agriculture. The Terradiva brand was founded in 2015 by my sister Angela and I. Today, in Terradiva there is our whole family, it is a small business, so our products are handcrafted, they are packaged and labeled one by one by hand. As a younger generation, we are committed to combining family experience with our training and contemporary vision of a family-run organic farm, focused on sustainability and the care of our territory. Since the birth of the brand we have obtained numerous awards for our Allegro 100% Coratina oil: at the international BIOL organic oils award we received Gold Medal “Olio Novello” 2016 and 2017, Silver Medal “Olio” 2016 and 2019. The prestigious German magazine Der Feinschmecker Oil Award in 2018 has included our Allegro oil among the 250 best extra virgin olive oils from around the world, in 106th place out of 700 participants. The productive life of an olive tree is around 100 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your olive tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each olive tree produces an average of 6l per season.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __Allegro Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil__ (3 liter can) 1 x __Andante Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil__ (3 liter can) We have dedicated the names of our oils to music and we have chosen them by imagining their flavors as symphonies that can have different tempo and character. In the box, one of the two cans will be from the __Allegro__ line. You will find a monovarietal oil inside, made out of a single variety of olives: Coratina. Allegro is an intense oil, it has a structured flavor, the scent of freshly cut grass, almond, tomato and artichoke, with bitter and spicy finish. This oil matches very well with dishes based on legumes, vegetable soups, red meats but also bruschetta and raw vegetables. The other can will be from the __Andante__ line, with Coratina variety olive oil, but also Ogliarola Barese and Leccino, in varying quantities depending on the year and production. Andante oil is more delicate, the bitter and spicy notes are moderate, it matches well with white meats, fish, grilled foods, but also cakes and biscuits. We suggest using both oils as raw as possible to preserve their organoleptic characteristics, especially the polyphenols. For optimal conservation of the oil, keep the cans away from sources of light and heat, in a cool and dry place. If possible, when you open the can, pour the oil into three dark glass bottles (each 1 liter) and use one bottle at a time for your recipes. In this way the oil will come into contact with the air as little as possible, so the organoleptic characteristics and the amount of polyphenols will be preserved at their best.

When will you receive it?

You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. You will receive our organic extra virgin olive oil from the end of February as we dedicate much of our January and February work to manual bottling and labeling of products reserved for those who have adopted our olive trees. The olive harvest takes place always during daytime, from the end of October until the end of November, depending on the year and the weather conditions. The Leccino variety olives in our area (Alta Murgia, Puglia) ripen at the end of October, while the Ogliarola Barese olives and the most numerous Coratina varieties ripen later and are mostly harvested in November.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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