Sikaurum “Pearl” »» A medium fruity oil with a delicate
flavor pressed from the Minuta variety of olive.
This oil is coming
primarily from the farm Le Timpe
by Ricciardo Brothers, situated on the hills of Ficarra.
The Ricciardo Brothers own the mill so the olives are
processed immediately after harvesting.
Sicilians are proud of the oil
produced from this variety.
The Minuta olive, also known as Saracena, grows
only in the north of Sicily on the high hills of an area
called Valdemone. The Minuta is considered one of the most ancient
cultivated olives. The plant is well adapted to the rough
environment. The olives are the smallest produced and toughest to
pick. The oil yield is low, around 15% of volume. So we need
almost 7 pounds of olives to fill a 500 ml bottle.
This oil is light in flavor and has a taste
that is appreciated by many Sicilians. The linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid) content
is high at about 13%; the linolenic acid (an omega 3
fatty acid) content is almost 1%; and the oleic acid
(monounsaturated fatty acid, good fats) content is about
It is uncommon for farmers to plant new trees
of this cultivar because of the low yield and slow
growth. So this variety is in decline.
500 ml (17 fl oz.)