In southeastern Italy, this family-owned company grows organic olives in centuries-old olive groves, where ripe olives are then hand-picked and pressed just a few hours after their harvest. This one is made from the rare Cellina di Nardò olive variety. Slightly grassy and fruity with hints of bananas, apples, and berries, it's delicious with salads and in baked goods.
Word from the Expert
Merico Maria Rosa is one of the best olives oils of Italy. I use it in almost everything I cook. -David Rosengarten, curator of the Holiday Box