Arbequina (pronounced as AR-BEH-KI-NA) is a small, symmetrical olive fruit and can be anywhere from pink to burnt orange to black. It weighs at an average of 1.9 g. Arbequina gets its name from the town of Arbeca in Lerida, Catalonia, Spain. Arbequina can be found mainly in Lerida, Tarragona, Córdoba and Jaén (where Reinos de Taifas is based).
While the olives have a low flesh-to-stone ratio, the trees yield abundant fruits, resulting in an oil yield of around 22-27% – one of the highest amongst the main cultivars of olive. Therefore, Arbequina has emerged as one of the prevailing global olive cultivars typically grown in high-intensity, high-density plantations.
Arbequina extra virgin olive oil brings the fresh taste and aroma of newly cut grass. The flavour is initially mild and gradually surprises your palate with herbaceous notes after a few seconds. The subtle essence of Arbequina olive oil enhances the flavour of your meals, adding a delightful touch to your cooking or a drizzle over finished dishes.
Arbequina olive oil is ideal for families and those who enjoy milder flavours, especially children who may not be accustomed to stronger tastes.
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The maturation of the olive fruits starts in early October and lasts until January. The time when the fruit ripens varies every year, depending on the weather. Harvesting takes place between December and February, depending on when the fruits reach their optimal point of maturity each year. To learn about how Reinos de Taifas care for olive trees, please refer to the page on sustainable farming.
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