Tuscany is noted for the picturesque olive-woods on the beautiful hillsides. Although the beauty of the landscapes is not less important than the benefit of the oil trees. Olive oil in Tuscany is considered to be the best. High quality of this delicate product is provided thanks to the favorable climate and soil peculiarities. In some places of Tuscany people use the traditional way of production: olives are gathered manually and then pressed mechanically.
The most sophisticated gourmets decorate their tables with olive oil from Chianti and Lucca. In November at the annual gastronomic exhibition you can taste the whole variety of sorts. Yellow-green olive oil from Lucca is considered to be very special and it’s recognized for its scent of artichokes and almonds. Some may be confused by the colour but one should keep in mind that golden olive oil is refined and good for roasting and baking whereas unrefined olive oil is the best for eating without being preprocessed while they keep the maximum of useful qualities.
Healing qualities of vegetable oil in general and olive oil in particular are well known. Olives contain practically all the necessary vitamins and microelements which are very well adopted by human organism. Olive oil provides immunity and helps to free the organism from cholesterol. Thus it strengthens bones, prevents us from having cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Even people with indigestion, liver and gall bladder problems can have olive oil. Thanks to its peculiar chemical compound it is recommended for pregnant women and it facilitates adequate growth of children before and after they were born. No wonder olive oil in Tuscany is called “The gold of Tuscany”.
Olive oil dominates in cuisine of Tuscany. Usually you are offered the following appetizer: a small plate with olive oil and sea salt or some luscious herbs (e.g. brotherwort) in which you are to sop pieces of dry bread. Olive oil is used for making salads and in bakery. It is also served as a spice to strengthen the taste of the main ingredient.