Information on the latest harvest
Since there is a lot of news about fake oils and misleading labels we like to inform you about our olive oils in detail.
Every year we handpick our olives, the time of harvest really depends on the climate. So from October till about December can be harvest. We pick variety by variety to ensure the right quality and yield.
Our mission after picking is to bring the olives within 24 hours to the mill. In Portuguese this is called a Lagar. We haven't got our own machines, you can imagine that 1000 trees do not produce enough oil to be able to afford our own machines. After a few successful years with a Lagar near us, unfortunately had to switch to a new one as the quality control and most important hygiene was lacking and thus destroyed the quality of one of our batches in 2018.
Olive Press / Lagar
Our current partner is quite a drive further but have the right mindset and hygiene and we definitely improved this years quality. We control our own temperatures and everything is done in order to have a flawless olive oil which resulted in 4 Extra Virgin qualities this year for our Arbequina, Picual, Galega & Cobrançosa/Verdeal lotes.
The main focus is to get the minimum amount which is about a 1000 kilo's at the press as fast as possible. So every night we would drive up with olives and down with olive oil.
Casa Féteira, Soc Agrícola, lda
Rua da Capeleira, no 6, Tremoceira
2480-113, Porto de Mós
Extra Virgin or not?
So what are Virgin olive oils and how do you know?
"Virgin olive oils are the oils obtained from the fruit of the olive tree solely by mechanical or other physical means under conditions, including thermal conditions, that do not lead to alterations in the oil, and which have not undergone any treatment other than washing, decantation, centrifugation, and filtration and shall meet the minimum requirements that are established by the IOOC
So how about Passeite?
Passeite olive oils are always Virgin and mostly Extra Virgin having acidity % under or equal to 0.8 and most important no or little sensorial defects. We always test our oils at ISA lisbon, certified laboratory by the IOOC.
If you like we can always send you our Technical Data sheet.