Shkalla Sh.

 

Extra Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil Producer

The olive-growing tradition of Shkalla Sh family starts more than 100 years ago. Over time, the technology to support production has gradually improved the quality of the products, with a growing sensitivity to organic. In 1996, the company ranks among the leading manufacturers of extra virgin olive oil on the Albanian market. In 2003 Shkalla Sh. has been certified by Bio inspecta and began an intensive distribution at European level. The company has a few hectares of olive groves and works with local farmers groups of Tirana (Farka, Vrap) and other districts of the country as Lushnja (Dushk phenomenon) and Fier Gorishovë. [Premiobio.it]
Taste
Yellow olive oil, clear.
Fruity of medium intensity tending to green
with notes of vegetable and herbs.
On palate bitter and pungent of medium intensity,
clear hints of vegetables, herbs, artichoke and spices.
Slight almond aftertaste. Discreet harmony and persistence.

Cultivar
Bardhë / Tiranes / Kalinjot 

Musai

 

Extra Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil Producer

With an experience of over 20 years under the guidance of Vesaf Musa, the Musaj Company is now among the most important producers of extra virgin olive oil in Europe. From the beginning the company has pointed to the high quality olive oil production. It has therefore steadily improved it performance, choosing high technology equipment and acquiring the safest certifications. Company uses only olives from the area Vlora, one of the richest of olive groves.  [Premiobio.it]
Taste
Green olive oil clear. Fruity of medium intensity
with notes of green apple, grass and almond.
On palate, bitter of medium intensity that slightly prevails
on pungent with vegetal hints of fruit, leaf, herbs,
vegetables and herbs.

Cultivar
Kalinjot 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Albania

Lying just across the Adriatic from Italy and just north of Greece, the Albanian coast, known in ancient Greece and Rome as Illyria (ih-leer-ee-uh), and a Mediterranean country where olive tree is though to have originated has been producing olive oil for over 2500 years, supplying oil to the Caesars of Rome.

Albania's temperate Mediterranean climate and hilly, gravelly terrain provide the perfect growing conditions for its abundant olive groves and its coastline is home to olive varietals that grow nowhere else in the world.

The Kalinjot (kal-ee-nyot) olive -- the single, bright green varietal from
which our oil is pressed -- is one such olive.

 
Albania is rich with more than 28 varieties grown throughout the country. The nine most cultivated are Kalinjot, Kokerrmadh i Beratiti, Frantoio, Kokerrmadh Elbasani, Mixan, Ulli i Bardhe Tiranes, Nisiot and Ulli i Holle i Himares. With the exception of the Frantoio variety introduced from Italy, the other eight most commonly grown varieties are native to Albania. The two leaders are “Kalinjot”, which covers about 40% of the total plantations for oil and table use; and “Kokermadh i Beratit”, representing approximately 21% of table olives.
 
The interaction of the Albanian varieties with the local environment (soil, climate, altitude) and cultural practices results in the special characteristics and tastes distinctive to the oils produced in various regions of throughout Albania.

Because political and ethnic strife has kept Albania closed to the world market for so much of its recent history, its extraordinary olive oil has been unavailable outside of Albania until now. 

Good Food Macau thus has the exciting distinction of not just being the only Kalinjot olive oil you will be able to taste, but being the first and only Albanian olive oil you can find in Asia, Australia.
 
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