Salento’s olive oil is esteemed and appreciated even on foreign countries. There is a number of factors that makes it so special, hard labor, harvesting and transformation techniques, but in this case, the best factor is our climate conditions. As a matter of fact, with about two hundred million kilograms only made in year 2011 Apulia is one of the major manufacturer of italy when it comes to olive oil, especially the extra virgin variety.
Two of the major types of olive that grow in salento are “ogliarola” and “cellina di Nardò”. The first one is very much appreciated for the abundant production of fruits, the second one is very resilient against parasites and climate changes and for constancy of production. Olive oil is one of the bases of salento’s typical cuisine and it’s used as an ingredient as well as a condiment, is frequently used as a preservative for certain types of food, mostly vegetables. Needless to say, olive oil is unanimously considered the pillar of mediterranean diet.