The Cornicabra olive is a widely cultivated variety in Spain with its origins in the region of Toledo. It's name refers to the pointed goat horn shape of the fruit. Losada source Cornicabra from farms in Toledo as well as Ciudad Real, Madrid, Badajoz and Caceres, and cure them in Carmona in a natural brine without the use of lye. This variety is typically harvested between August and October while halfway through maturation on the tree which achieves a gradation of color from pale pink to dark purple in the finished olive. Although primarily used in olive oil production due to its excellent yield of oil, it is regularly eaten as a table olive in regions of cultivation. Available both pitted and whole, enjoy these on their own with a glug of O-Med extra virgin olive oil, add their unique shape and color to a customized olive mix, or chop into tapenade and sauces for a savory addition to dishes.
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.