The Arbequina is a widely planted olive worldwide, commonly used as rootstock, and is predominantly grown for olive oil production due to its exceptionally high oil yield of up to 25% along with favorable organoleptic characteristics. These qualities make for excellent table olives, too, as the Arbequina has a rich and buttery flavor profile and a unique appearance as a small, round ochre colored fruit. The majority of Spain's production is found in the northern regions of Catalonia and Aragon with considerable cultivation in the southern region of Andalusia as well. Losada source from both parts of the country with harvest typically occurring in October and November and cure the olives in a natural brine without the use of lye for a period of 12 months. Serve straight up with a glug of O-Med extra virgin Arbequina olive oil or use as an ingredient to add color and cured flavor to salads and cooked dishes.
Packaging Options: 1 gallon glass jar (5lbs 2oz drained weight)
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.