A few weeks I was invited to Castillo de Canena for a Foodpairing event on their estate. This is a Spanish producer of top quality olive oil. We analyzed two types of their olive oil for the occasion: The Family Reserve Arbequino and the Family Reserve Picual.
Both olive oils show a rich flavor profile which is mainly dominated by green and fatty aroma molecules. The Picual is more green, banana, apple, cucumber than the Arbequina, which in turn is more citrus, fruity.The green nature of the Picual olive oil connects better with fruit and vegetable preparations.
The owner of the Rosa Vaño estate used Foodpairing to prepare a whole menu; cocktail, snacks, meat dishes, cakes and more, all incorporating the 2 different extra virgine olive oils. Here are some recipes.