Many civilizations which inhabited the Mediterranean have a long olive tree-related history, the tree which has become not only the symbol of this territory but also the source of numerous myths and legends.
Due to its specific taste and colour, the Romans considered the Istrian olive oil one of the most respected oils of the Mediterranean, and its quality was celebrated in the verses by numerous ancient historians and poets.
Olive cultivation has become a part of the Istrian tradition and gastronomy, passed down from generation to generation. Zigante produces five types of extra virgin olive oil including native Istrian varieties – Istrian bjelica and Buža – which oil has a fresh aroma of a green olive with pronounced bitterness and spiciness. They pair superbly with vegetable and meat dishes as well as various pasta.
Zigante also produces Leccino and Frantoio oils, which harmonious taste of a green olive and aromatic herbs makes them an excellent pair to fish specialities and to ingredients with a more intense taste and aroma. There is also a specific Blend which gives excellent quality oil by mixing several varieties.
High quality extra virgin olive oil is produced directly from the olive solely by a mechanical process. Hand-picked and cold-pressed on the same day.
The olive oil quality has been recognized by the experts from the best world known guide Floss olei, who labelled Zigante olive oil from the Istrian bjelica the best biologically produced olive oil.