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Olijfolie Harissa Arbequina 250ml. Castillo de Canena

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Harissa and its history

Harissa – which comes from the Arabic verb harasa, meaning ‘to hit’ or ‘to break into pieces’ – is the cornerstone of North African Mediterranean cuisine. Today, its growing popularity in Europe and Asia has made this condiment an essential ingredient for giving flavour and an exotic touch to any dish.

Traditionally, harissa has been closely linked to the region of the Maghreb; the most north-eastern coast of Africa which is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, and includes countries such as, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya.

Harissa has been at the heart of Maghrebi cuisine ever since peppers were introduced to Europe by the 16th-century explorers of the New World, who encountered them in Mexico and Peru. Chillies journeyed to North Africa together with Spanish colonisers and travelling spice merchants, and began to appear in souks where spices were then added and harissa sauce was adapted to each local cuisine.

‘In the region of the Maghreb, along the Mediterranean, rows of gnarled olive trees grow alongside vineyards and fields of melons and tomatoes, and, in particular, cultivated peppers. Following this tradition, we wanted to develop a unique product with hundreds of uses, one which adds depth and a piquant complexity to any dish,’ explains Rosa Vañó, Sales and Marketing Director of Castillo de Canena.

IN THE UNITED STATES, HARISSA HAS QUICKLY BECOME VERY POPULAR AS AN ORIGINAL, EXOTIC AND DELICIOUS CONDIMENT AS IT IS A DYNAMIC INGREDIENT THAT ENHANCES THE TASTE OF ANY DISH.

Recommended uses are as a seasoning for mayonnaise, tartares, ceviches, char-grilled fish, seafood salads, couscous, tajines, patatas bravas, vinaigrettes, stews, among others. It the United States it is notably used for barbecues, hamburgers, chicken wings, sandwiches, baked potatoes and corn, etc.

‘We wanted to reflect the exotic side of this very special product in the design of the bottle as well. It is, therefore, the first time that we have used a sleeve that completely surrounds the bottle, creating a pattern which is reminiscent of the red and orange tiles found in the Arab world, and thus evoking the colour of the oil and of the harissa itself,’ Rosa Vañó points out.

21st-Century Oils

Belonging to the exclusive 21st-Century Oils Collection, these new reddish-orange oils are made using the best harvesting, extraction and storage methods. A maximum of three hours passes from when the olives are harvested to when they are pressed, and as a cold-extraction process is used – involving a two-step system – the best quality is achieved for these new oils that are infused with harissa.

21st-Century Oils represents a line which seeks to offer different concepts and new ideas to a category of products embodying over 3,000 years of history. It is thus an exceptional sensory experience for your palate, allowing you to enjoy and delight in innovative oils which will surprise you thanks to their originality, distinctness, and because they offer the highest standards of quality.

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Tasting notes

It is a red / orange and transparent oil. Organoleptic profile that adapts perfectly to the nose and mouth, but with the surprising natural image of the latter.

It presents in the foreground roasted and pungent aromas of cayenne, followed by spices, where each one of them, garlic, coriander and caraway, are perfectly identified in the aftertaste, in a balanced and intensified combination with the fruity and green aromas of the juice of the Arbequina fresh olive.

Also highlights its fluidity and a bitter and spicy in perfect harmony with the own spicy provided by the blend.

Type of olive Arbequina
Quality Olive Oil
Harvest Period October & November 2019
Harvest Method Mechanical and refrigerated transport in small containers
Extraction/Method Cold extraction, biphasic system to guarantee the best sanitary and quality conditions. Maximum 3 hours from harvest till malaxation. 20 ºC. No added water
Storage Steel tanks, refrigerated and with controlled atmosphere
Color Red
Acidity 0.11
Storage suggestions Keep bottle in a cool place, away fromheat and light

HARISSA OLIVE OIL

The new “Arbequina & Harissa” of intense red color is our special and unique spicy oil, known for its fluidity, balance and freshness. For the elaboration of Arbequina & Harissa we have selected our own, original and surprising recipe of the Harissa sauce (composed of dried red pepper, cayenne, garlic, coriander and caraway) that we infused with our exceptional Arbequina extra virgin olive oil.

Regarding organoleptic characteristics, It presents in the foreground the roasted and pungent aromas of the cayenne, followed by the other spices, where each of them is perfectly identified in the aftertaste: garlic, coriander and caraway.On top of that, a weighted and intensified combination is added with the fruity and green aromas of the juice of the fresh Arbequina olives juice.

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