An extra virgin olive oil that lives up to its name! The Favuzzi Intense Coratina is a robust monocultivar from Andria, Puglia. Puglia is the largest olive oil-producing region in Italy. Coratina is very commonly found in Puglia. Although, it is often used as a blending oil due to its naturally intense and robust nature. Adding coratina increases the natural antioxidant content to a blend and can add balance to naturally fruity and milder oils.
This specific Favuzzi Intense Coratina is an early harvest. The olives are picked while they are still green, in early October. The oil has just finished developing before the olive has fully ripened. It is robust from the first aroma to the lingering intense peppery finish. This oil is not going to easily hide in a dish, it is front and center. Yet, being robust and bitter, filled with notes of spicy arugula, mustard greens, and fresh herbs like rosemary and oregano, it is incredibly well balanced and harmonious in its intensity.
I love to add this to chimichurri and serve it with grilled meats or use it to roast root vegetables, or even drizzle it over rich spicy dahl. This oil is great for frying and cooking because it is so stable, and packed with stabilizing antioxidants. Those antioxidants are also a reason why this oil is so healthful. Coratina is often said to be the healthiest oil as it can have some of the highest antioxidant levels.