The summer is here and with it comes salad season and one of the key ingredients is a good quality olive oil (although don't use it in BBQ marinades, it'll just smoke).
Use it tossed through cold pasta salads with some roast vegetables, make a simple salad dressing, some fresh pesto, drizzle it over a chilled soup or just pour it into a small bowl with some balsamic vinegar and get dunking with some fresh crusty bread.
I have a £30 gift set of super premium Gran Cru Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Filippo Berio to giveaway.
Filippo Berio, of Lucca, Tuscany, has been dedicated to Olive Oil since the 1800s and selects the very best and most distinctive regional Italian oils.
Here's some blurb on the oils:
Filippo Berio Gran Cru Dauno PDO 500mlProduced in Puglia, in the heel of Italy, and made exclusively from hand picked Ogliarola, Garganica, Nostrane olives, this golden coloured Extra Virgin olive oil is tangy, aromatic and intense with notes of artichoke.
- Quite a mild extra virgin olive oil. I taste the creaminess and flavour of avocado from it. This wouldn't overpower a salad dressing and would be good mixed through pasta. This is my favourite of the three.
Filippo Berio Gran Cru Monti Iblei PDO 500mlProduced in the Monti Iblei area of Sicily and made using Tonda Iblea olives, this Extra Virgin olive oil has an intense aroma, reminiscent of tomato leaves. It has a full-bodied, intense flavour.
- They are right, this one does have a leafy flavour, with a peppery after-kick. I think I would use this one in pesto or drizzled over risotto. It's stronger than the Dauno.
Filippo Berio Gran Cru Toscano PGI 500mlProduced in Tuscany from Frantoio, Peddolino and Leccino olives, this delicate green Extra Virgin olive oil has a strong aroma and a well-balanced flavour; a ripe, sweet and fruity taste with a peppery finish.
- This one is leafy too, but doesn't have the same kick as the Monti. It has a creamier after taste.
Would you like to win this gift set of oils?
To enter, leave me a comment telling me what's your favourite use of olive oil and register your entry using the rafflecopter box below.
This giveaway is open until Monday 28 July 2014. UK only.
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Filippo Berio Gran Cru - Toscano, Monti Iblei and Dauno - are now available at www.filippoberio.co.uk/shop and in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with an RRP of £10 (500ml).
Disclosure: I was sent a set of these oils to review. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.