Features: The Cuquillo is a small caliber black olive with a smooth round shape typical of the Murcia region of Spain yet known more broadly in the United States by its French name Nicoise. With a later harvest time of November to December, the Cuquillo has low acidity and a subtle bitterness leaving a sweet finish after its slightly smoky and earthy initial flavors. Slow cured in a natural brine without the use of lye, Losada Cuquillos take on an umber to purple color and make an excellent choice for adding size and textural difference to an olive blend as with Losada's own Carmona mix. Choose the pitted option for ease of use in Salad Nicoise and other culinary applications or opt for whole when adding to the olive bar and eating as table olives.
1 gallon glass jar (5lbs 2oz drained weight) Pitted or with Pit
For 60 years, Aceitunas Losada have produced table olives in Andalusia, Spain in the Guadalquivir Valley outside the town of Carmona. Controlling the entire process from hand harvesting their own groves to curing and packaging in their own facility, Maria and Luis Losada have overseen the transformation of a commercial olive operation to an innovative and artisanal practice in its second generation of family farming. Although working in a facility with modern infrastructure for processing, Aceitunas Losada maintain traditional practices by cultivating heirloom olive varieties, curing with natural methods which take 12 months to complete, and pruning their groves manually by the desvareto method specific to each tree in contrast to the mechanical methods applied in high density olive farming. The trimmings are used as a natural fertilizer to be tilled back into the soil which along with the biodiverse use of cover crops prevent the need for chemical fertilizers and strengthen the soil against erosion which commonly affects industrial olive groves. Additionally, these ecological methods allow wildlife to thrive on the farm. The Losada family understand that in order to progress it is necessary in some aspects to go back in time.