A late maturing indigenous variety whose oil is known for a high level of polyphenols and antioxidants, which is up to several times higher than in other varieties. Istrian bjelica is a strong oil, with very pronounced olive fruitiness and accentuated bitterness. Its taste is very recognizable resembling green tomatoes, conifer, green leaves and grass.
How to enjoy it
It pairs well with dishes of pronounced flavours – wild game, grilled meat, mature cheeses, prosciutto and desserts, especially chocolate ice cream.
Who makes it
The Salvela co-op with historic orchards in southern Istria tracing back to Roman times.
For the EVOO nerds
Place of production: Barbariga
Olive varieties: Istrian Bjelica
Harvesting method: Hand picked
Harvesting period: November 2020