Spain in a bottle

If you’re a foodie you will love the extra virgin olive oils from Azada. Their oil is like no other olive oil I have ever had. Why? Because Azada produces Spanish olive oils flavoured with local ingredients:  fresh basil from Murcia, Mediterranean lemons, oranges from the fields of Valencia,hand-picked thyme from the mountains of Tarragona, garlic from the orchards of La Mancha,spicy chillies from Navarra and two innovative flavors: fresh ginger and organically grown Arabica coffee beans.

The olive oils are not artificially flavoured with essences but they add the flavour by pressing the oil at the same time as the ingredients. Everything is thus 100% natural. The oil with lemons goes well with seafood, the thyme oil with roasted meat, and I like the basil oil on a tomato salad with mozarella. The orange olive oil is great with a fresh summer salad with chicken and orange. The one with chilli I like to just use as a dip for bread. I haven’t tried the one with coffee beans yet.

What I also love about Azada is the packaging. Milky white bottles with labels designed by illustrator and graphic designer Carla Marin. The labels of the regular bottles (250/100 ml), and the gift box and labels of the small set of 5×20 ml bottles are all handwritten and illustrated with water colour pictures of rural Spanish life.

You can buy the olive oil online in their webshop or globally at local groceries, and gourmet shops. Some  examples are Dean & Deluca, Harvey Nichols or Waitrose/ Spinney’s. I bought mine at the gourmet shop Living la Buena Vida in the Hague.

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