Agrume means “citrus”. In Abruzzo, on the Adriatic Sea, at the end of each harvest, farmers used to create a special oil for their family and friends. In their “frantoio” (olive mill) on the farm, the farmers would crush and press small amounts of hand-harvested olives with fresh citrus fruit to create oils such as Agrumato.
The crisp freshness of Agrumato is achieved by the whole-fruit crushing process, which cannot be duplicated by the more common infusion method of other citrus flavored oils. By crushing the olives with the citrus, the purity of each fruit flavor is maintained.
The resulting products are subtle and delicate. Each oil has a best pairing, but they range widely from grilled fish and vegetables to micro green salads.