As the world’s second largest olive oil exporter, Italy can proudly showcase a long tradition of olive oil production. For many centuries, Italy has produced olive oil. Tuscany, one of the most favorable regions for olive trees, also has a long tradition of harvesting olives and producing olive oil.
Already during Etruscan times, Italian olive oil was considered sacred – for religious reasons, but also because of its great value. The olive tree was imported to Italy more than 5000 years ago. Soon after, the Romans started to produce and export large amounts of olive oil.
At that time, extra virgin olive oil was mainly used as food, medicin and body balm.
Tuscan first-quality oil plays also an important role in the famous Mediterranean diet, which is considered to be one of the most healthy ones. Due to the favorable weather in Tuscany, the four main varities can be found here: Frantoio, Moraiolio, Leccino and Pendolino.
Tuscany is one of the most awarded olive oil-producing regions at the 2021 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition.