There is a definite spark in the air lately, and it’s not from the storms on Election Day!
The annual extra virgin olive oils have competed and were tried and selected from across the world. Not only is the process extensive and comprehensive, it is also a wonderful task to be selected to taste. I would adore spending a few days dipping freshly baked sourdough into rich oils that have matured through meticulous processes. The final testing circumstances must be fantastic – just walk through a hallway and have your pick!
Ah… If only it were that easy. Alas, I am very unqualified. I also think that the next best thing since sliced bread is a tot of olive oil to dip it in.
Selecting the best extra virgin olive oil of the year is a very sophisticated process, as I can only imagine it transcends the final product. The testing occurs across 55 countries in which dedicated olive oil producers participate in. From this, our favourite olive oils can be selected.
Without a doubt, Tokara Olive Oil’s a family favourite. There is no dispute on that – zilch. We use it for absolutely anything; salads, drizzles, dressings, marinades, fragrant oils, and emulsified sauces. Tokara has always provided the best.
It’s an absolute privilege to see such prosperous, local brands achieve such victories. I’ve always felt that, supporting the local industries in South Africa is crucial if you can afford it. Frivolity aside, it becomes difficult for the average Joe to support local and sustainable businesses. Locally produced goods are at a higher expense, but the effects are so much better in the long run for both parties. Tokara, being a premium blend offers delicate notes and nuances within the oil itself which can be cherished on its own. If you want to spruce it up even further, creating a pesto with this oil offers a flavour-packed spread that serves perfectly with toast, olives, bruschetta, or even a drizzle over a hearty plate of tagliatelle.
If you have any unique uses or delicious pairings, tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with pictures so that I can suffer in silence from food envy!
TOKARA, the family owned Stellenbosch wine and olive estate, has been included in the world’s most authoritative international guide for extra virgin olive oil, Flos Olei 2022, with a rating of 96 points.
This comprehensive annual guide, now in its 13th year, ranks the 500 best extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) producers in the world from 55 countries. Available in two versions, Italian and English, and Chinese and English, this international guide is dedicated to EVOO producers around the globe.
Tokara enjoys recognition as one of South Africa’s top producers of world-class EVOO. The farm’s olive oil journey began in 2000 with primarily Tuscan olive varieties. Today, four cold pressed EVOOs are produced – two single varietal oils and two more intense multi-varietal blends.
The top tier Tokara Premium EVOO is carefully blended to bring together the best characteristics of Coratina, Leccino, Frantoio and Mission varieties. You will find notes of olive leaf, rocket, artichoke and a lovely herbaceous character. This premium olive oil also enjoys acclaim on home turf with a Gold medal from the 2021 SA Olive Awards.
Visit the Tokara Delicatessen for complimentary olive oil tastings and purchases. For a more structured, guided olive oil tasting experience, visit the Tokara Tasting Lounge. Bookings are advisable by emailing email@example.com or calling Tel: 021-8085900.For online purchases visit https://www.tokara.com/product/tokara-frantoio-extra-virgin-olive-oil/