Wednesday marked the beginning of the new season at Mazzone Extravergine in Ruvo di Puglia.
This year’s harvest has started a month early as climate conditions have us racing to collect the olives from family groves of Coratina varietal olives.
Yields throughout Italy are low this year, nearly 40% off of last year’s bumper crops. This is important for the consumer to know that this situation will encourage traditional large volume/ low cost producers to look for “creative” ways to bring oil to the market. Meaning: be aware that unless you know the producer, the product could easily be from sources outside of Italy.