I have tried and purchased several different varieties of olive oils from the Valle de Guadalupe area just northeast of Ensenada and is also part of Mexico’s major wine country. The Mediterranean climate of this area is conducive for grapes and olive trees. These olive groves were introduced in the 1500’s by Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries with many of the wineries having their own olive oils they have pressed and are available to taste.
A very common practice at many of the wineries is to offer some of the olive oil and breads or baguettes to clean your palate between tasting of the different wines.
Even the food truck at Adobe Guadalupe has a very flavorful dish, albeit an interesting food combination of shrimp, sausage, potatoes in a seasoned olive oil sauce. OMG, talk about flavors bursting in your mouth with some spiciness mingled with the richness of the local olive oil.
There are different types of olive oils for cooking also salads, dipping, etc. and the flavor varies from place to place. Some of my favorites so far have come from Santo Tomas, Adobe Guadalupe, Sol y Barro and Pjoan.
I love how we have access to so many locally produced products such as olive oil. We can support our community and have healthy, quality products to enjoy.