The Molino la Condesa line of olive oils is produced by the same family behind the renowned O-Med oils and vinegars. In this offering, Andalusian mandarin oranges contribute a luxuriously round and ripe density of flavor to the oil. By pressing the orange peels directly in the very same press used for olives, the aromatic compounds of both fruits begin to coalesce early in the production process. This technique ensures a refined balance impossible to achieve with a fully post-press blending approach, despite the latter process being simpler and much more commonplace. Altogether, this oil pairs beautifully with poultry, fish, roasted vegetables, and can be worked into sweets that call for both oil and citrusy aromatics.
The Garcia-Casas family has been farming olive trees for four generations, gaining widespread acclaim for their extra virgin olive oils. Their Molino oils are harvested just after their slightly pricier monocultivar oils, often incorporating other fruits and herbs grown alongside their arbequina olives in southern Spain. Oils in this style are nicknamed pecaditos, or “little sins”, a lighthearted acknowledgement of the inherent irreverence of adding a secondary ingredient to exceptional quality olive oil.