Single varietal olive oils are the result of hundreds of years of natural selection, and their oil contains special and characteristic aroma and fragrance. The Poreč olive mill currently produces four types of single varietal oils (Picholine, Pendolino, Ascolana and Bjelica) and one blend of varieties. The Agrolaguna product range considerably differs from the assortment offered by most other Istrian olive oil producers insofar as it is inclined towards varieties yielding olive oils endowed with a somewhat softer taste, which is a consequence of Agrolaguna’s historical trailblazing role – it was the pioneer of modern Istrian olive growing and olive production.
Agrolaguna’s version of single varietal oil Picholine obtained from the cultivar originating in the south of France is a very piquant oil with slightly bitter notes, whereas Pendolino, originating in a well-known Tuscan variety, is a bit milder than its Italian counterparts, though with a peppery aftertaste, which makes it a great companion to salads and roast meat. The Ascolana oil is made from a cultivar that, despite not being very generous, nevertheless gives superb oil with a very fruity aroma whose intensity depends on the level of ripeness of the fruit. Agrolaguna’s take on this oil is mild, elegantly underlining its fruity notes. Istrian Bjelica, the indigenous Istrian variety, yields a distinctive oil of a fresh scent of green olive fruit, very harmonious with balanced fruitiness, sweetness and bitterness and pronounced piquancy. Pairs with various dishes such as the typical Istrian asparagus and prosciutto frittata, grilled vegetables, various vegetable pasta dishes and salads.
Different olive varieties produce oils of varying characteristics, taste and intensity, so that the customers have a chance of picking the exact type of oil they need for a particular dish or purpose.