Olive Oil Castillo de Canena Demeter Biodynamic
The world is changing day by day and we are updating and upgrading our overall systems with this change. We are all aware now that how chemical fertilizers and sprays on our fields are harming the human health. With more advancements in the field of science and research, we have found that there is no alternative of nature and natural products.
For instance, if we look at olive oil and other synthetic fortified oils, then we will only give our vote to natural olive oil which is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and high density lipoproteins. Similarly the methods used to obtain these natural products also matter a lot. If we add artificial fertilizers for growth, then the product will have different aroma, taste and composition as compared to the products nourished and raised using natural things like manure.
Tasting note of Castillo de Canena Demeter Biodinámico olive oil
Notes of recently cut grass and vegetables give this oil a lively, fresh and expressive character. Artichokes, lettuce and olive leaves are the first aromas to appear, after which come fresh fruit, including apple and green banana, along with the tomato plant.
The bitterness and spice are intense, with hints of thistle, artichoke and persimmon. The initial taste lingers long.
Between Science and Faith
Very good fruit can grow from natural approaches and methods. A famous Italian poet has said,/p>
“ From diamonds, nothing is born. From manure, flowers are born”
And our famous Spanish company, Castillo de Canena has rightly implemented upon this line by adopting biodynamic farming methods. Biodynamic agriculture involves all those methods that prevent the use of synthetic chemicals and adds more organic fertilizers. This approach focuses on the origin and type of fertilizer and its composition.
Biodynamic Agriculture and Certifications
Biodynamic agriculture is a holistic, ethical and ecological approach. Castiloo de Canena has succeeded in turning their farming methods towards this approach in 2010. Their main production aim is to develop a harmonic balance between their economic activity and the natural environment they inhabit.
Demeter is the largest international organization that gives the certificates after testing and verification to all those farms that imply with the biodynamic agricultural methods. Castillo de Canena is a well known certificate holder of this company. Along with Demeter Certification, they also have Water Footprint and Carbon Footprint with DNV and the EPD (Environmental Product Declaration).
Biodynamic Olive Farms
Now, when it comes to the biodynamic farms, you will observe a totally different environment as compared to other farms where chemical fertilizers are used. You should have to take a brief look first at the main changes in our Castillo de Canena biodynamic farms to acknowledge yourself about the nature’s love and purity. After observing these aspects you will definitely like to buy pure products over those produced via the use of synthetic fertilizers.
- Maximum energy is utilized that comes from re-newable energy resources
- Various bird species and their nests have been reintroduced in the farm to aid in the build of an expression ‘Living olive groves’
- Various natural aromatic herbs, bushes and Iberian trees are planted to make the environment healthier and natural for olives’ growth
- Sheep herd is kept at the farm to get the manure. Manure is then mixed with old tee twigs, leaves and bushes to prepare the natural fertilizer. This fertilizer is then added to tree roots instead of chemical fertilizers
- Castillo de Canena is focusing on converting its olive tree farm into more like a forest by introducing honey bee hives and other such things to maintain the undergrowth by grazing. The purpose is to obtain the olive oil extracted from such olive fruits which are nourished and matured under pure natural environment
Characteristics of Olive Oil Demeter Biodynamic
Olive oil comes in various varieties, flavors and colors. The purest out them all is the extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil extracted at Castiloo de Canena is free from any chemicals or products that will be harmful for human health. The less the product is passed through any industrial procedure, the more healthier and pure it will be.
The main characteristic of pure olive oil is its fresh color, aroma and pungent taste. When olives are grown in natural, organic environment, then they develop a very refreshing and revitalizing structure full of aroma and flavor. This property is almost negligible in olives grown at synthetic farms.
Some health benefits of this healthy and pure olive oil are given below:
- It is rich in antioxidants, polyphenol content and vitamin E. This property slows down the aging process of body cells
- It is rich in HDL, high density lipoproteins which aids in lowering the blood cholesterol level and LDL
- It greatly helps in fighting against the development of various types of cancer
- The risk of diabetes 2 is greatly reduced by its daily consumption
- Olecanthal components in olive oil have anti-inflammatory properties
- Massage of this oil strengthens the hair, repair the damaged skin and improves intestinal functions
Nothing is better than pure product. Olive oil is all in all a very healthy option and if it is coming from the biodynamic farms like those of Castillo de Canena then it is the best option over any other oil in the world. You can blindly trust Castillo de Canena because they own the tag of Demeter. Taking care of their environment and customer’s needs is their main aim. Give our product a try and you will never forget what purity tastes like.
CASTILLO DE CANENA
Castillo de Canena is located in the middle of a lush green River Valley of Jaen; the province of Spain. Their olive oil production history goes back to as long as 1780. This olive oil company got its name from the family-owned castle situated among the hills of the township of Canena.
Castillo de Canena not only produces pure and flavor rich olive oil but also welcomes visitors for a year-round on Mondays from 16.00 to 19.00. For more than 3000 years, Spain is known as the land of olives. Its soil is famous for the production of high quality olives that own a very unique aroma, flavor, and scent. Castillo de Canena is well aware of this land specialty and they have beautifully utilized this blessing of mother nature.
Their olive groves are bolstered in the vast lands of the Guadalquivir River, between the Cazorla and Mágina mountain chains. This natural habitat is perfect for the growth of healthy olives. With constant care, hard work and enthusiastic spirit Castillo de Canena has stretched its olive oil sale to more than 40 countries across the world.
Their aim is to monitor each and every step of olives’ production, to make their team stronger and to always strive for excellence. Which is, I am pretty sure, is the thing that makes them the best producer among their competitors.
Types of Olives at Castillo de Canena
In Spain, every olive oil producing company plants those unique olive trees which suit best according to their land, soil, environment and weather conditions. When it comes to the olive groves of Castillo de Canena, you will find very different varieties of olive trees.
The main olive trees planted by Castillo de Canena are:
Among the above-mentioned varieties, the main proportion of oil is extracted from Arbequina and Picual variety. Some variety of olive oil infused with sea phytoplanktons and essential oils from flowers and other plants are also produced by Castillo de Canena.
Olive Oil Production
Now, let’s talk about the Castillo de Canena’s olive oil production. The flavor, quality, and aroma of olive oil not only depends upon the variety of olive trees, environment, weather conditions and soil health but also depends upon the time and way of fruit picking and the methods of oil processing.
The following steps are involved in the olive oil processing at Castillo de Canena:
- Land Selection
Among the groves, Castillo de Canena selects the best land after various soil tests for olive tree plantation. Soil composition slightly changes from area to area every year, the purpose of testing is to know which area will be suitable according to the current season to get the healthiest olives for oil extraction.
The excellence key to get the high-quality olive oil is to carefully choose the picking time. It is extremely important to monitor the departure time for sublime product and Castillo de Canena knows this aspect very well.
Olives are picked from tree to tree through inverted umbrella vibrators to prevent any type of fruit bruises. If the fruit is damaged or bruised, then the oxidation process is triggered which ultimately affects the oil’s quality.
After pricking, olives are transported to the ‘Almazara’, the milling equipment within less than 2 hours. The longer the olives stay in storage tanks, the higher the risk of fruit spoilage occurs.
The almazara mill was the very first mill owned by Castillo de Canena in Spain that gained the ISO 22000 Standard certification. The double grid mill is used with slow speed to prevent heating up of the olive paste. The temperature is maintained below 22°C
The milling step is followed by malaxtion. In this stage, the olive paste is set for churning in a hermetically sealed refrigerated unit at a temperature of 21°C. The purpose of this process is to ease the separation of oil droplets from water and fruit pulp.
Decanting is the separation process in which centrifuge machines are used to separate oil from the rest of the fruit material. No water is added in this step.
Filtration is done with cellulose plates fro subsequent preservation of the oil. It is a very important step and oil’s quality greatly depends upon it.
Olive oil is then preserved in steel drums in an inert atmosphere using nitrogen. Temperature is maintained 18 to 20°C to increase the shelf life of the product.
Castillo de Canena bottle their products on demand of the customers. Before bottling, controlled amount of nitrogen is injected into the glass bottle to preserve the taste of olive oil.
Top Products of Castillo de Canena
Castillo de Canena do not sell their products directly from their website, rather they have various trust worthy distributor channels all around the world.
Some of their famous extra virgin olive oil, pure and with some added flavors are listed below:
- Family Reserve
- First Day of Harvest
- Biodynamic Picual
- Early Royal
- Harissa Olive Oil: unique spicy olive oil
- Horizontal Tasting
Under their special edition category you will find very unique and alluring products with un-forgetable taste, some of the items are mentioned below:
- Dani Garcia
- Cinc Sentits
Castillo de Canena is very different from other olive oil producing companies, as it abides by the natural laws. They have kept their constant focus on environmental sustainability and have played a very significant role in society, economy and cultural promotion.
Castillo de Canena has constantly instilled their confidence by revisiting their history regarding the olive production by their ancestors and have focused on the old Roman methods of olive tree plantation. These little things made a huge difference in the values of this company and have greatly helped Castillo de Canena to rise as a prominent tag.
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