Cooking with the 2017 ABSA Top 10 Olive Oil Award Winners

Words: Crush

2017 ABSA Top 10 Olive Oil AwardsThis year the ABSA Top 5 Olive Oil competition became the ABSA Top 10 Olive Oil Awards, showing the ever-increasing scale and quality of local olive oils that deserve recognition. The 2017 ABSA Top 10 Olive Oil Awards winners have recently been announced and 10 worthy winners were awarded this top honour. The competition awards oils in 3 categories, namely delicate, medium and intense styles.

“Several encouraging factors influenced our decision to double the number of winners,” says Willie Zastron, Provincial Head Business Banking, ABSA.

”The continued growth seen in the quality of locally produced olive oils, the rise in the number of SA Olive Award entries, as well as the consumer’s increased demand for quality olive oils and loyalty to local suppliers, have convinced us to expand the platform for recognition to the top 10 olive oils. In this way we are not only pledging our support to individual producers, we are simultaneously creating opportunities for increased commercialisation in a fast-growing industry, access to markets and sustained job creation in rural communities.”

3 WAYS OF COOKING WITH THE 2017 ABSA TOP 10 OLIVE OIL VARIETIES

To showcase each of these oil styles, we’ve created a delicious and simply beautiful recipe. Check out the recipes below and click through to read more about each of the award-winning oils – delicate, medium and intense and the estates that produce them.

1. DELICATE STYLE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

2017 Absa Top 10 Olive Oil Lemon & Poppy Seed Whoopie Pie With Raspberry Cream

Delicate extra virgin olive oil is characterised by its mild flavour. While stronger intensity olive oils can have a recognisable bitterness and pungency, delicate oils have less of these characteristics and are suited to dishes where a more subtle flavour works. We’ve used a delicate style olive oil to make these beautiful Lemon and Poppy Seed Whoopie Pies with Raspberry Cream. Perfect for teatime!

READ MORE ABOUT THE AWARD WINNING OILS IN THE DELICATE CATEGORY


2. MEDIUM STYLE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

2017 ABSA TOP 10 Olive Oils Medium Category Winners

Medium intensity olive oils are less robust than their intense category counterparts but not as mild as delicate oils. They are a great choice for a palate that prefers some pepperiness but not too much pungency. They are very versatile oils and will appeal to most. We’ve used a medium intensity oil to make these yummy Mini Olive Oil Bread Rolls. Great for your next braai!

READ MORE ABOUT THE AWARD WINNING OILS IN THE MEDIUM CATEGORY


3. INTENSE STYLE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

2017 Absa Top 10 Olive oil Awards Veggie & Ricotta Quiche Recipe

Intense style extra virgin olive oils are robustly flavoured with distinct bitterness and pungency. They showcase the pepperiness and intense fruit flavours of the olive. They are superb for cooking with, as well as for drizzling over salads and dipping, for those who enjoy those full-bodied characteristics. We’ve used an intense style olive oil to make this incredible tasty Veggie & Ricotta Quiche with an Olive Oil Parmesan Crust.

READ MORE ABOUT THE AWARD WINNING OILS IN THE INTENSE CATEGORY

Learn more about tasting olive oil here. Also, learn the important differences between extra virgin olive oil and other olive oil varieties.

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