Losada Zorzaleña Olives
Olive Variety: Zorzaleña Olive
Curing Method: Natural Brine Cured
Origin: Typical of Western Andalucia
Time of Harvest August - October
Description: When harvested, these olives are still in the middle of the maturation process, creating a product that is homogeneous in color, a beautiful deep olive green. One of the main characteristics of this variety is the strength and vigor of the olive tree, which for decades has been used to graft weaker varieties, taking advantage of the strong zorzaleña roots. Because of this process the zorzaleña olive trees began to disappear becoming scarce and underutilized. Most of the existing trees are found growing wild at road sides. The name zorzaleña originated from local wild birds “zorzales”, that feed on the mature olives found in Western Andalucia.
Serving Recommendations: Serve the olives with O-Med extra virgin olive oil. The oil will prevent the olives from drying and will complement the outstanding olive flavor.
1 Gallon Jars/ 5lbs 2oz drained weight
Natural Brine Curing
Aceitunas Losada is a leader in Spain when it comes to natural brine curing. It is a procedure that exemplifies the philosophies of Losada. This process best represents the true taste of the fruit. You will notice slight differences in ripeness, a more natural color, and more character to this ingredient.
In natural brine curing, the olives are brined in tanks within 24 hours of the harvest. The brine is simply sea salt and water along with small percentages of lactic, absorbic, and citric acid. Natural Brine curing takes 9-12 months of curing vs. 3 months with lye curing.
Conventional Lye Processing
The most common method of curing Spanish olives is done with a lye, otherwise known as caustic soda or sodium hydroxide. After harvest the olives are soaked in the lye solution for about 12 hours. The lye solution quickly takes out the bitterness from the olives by pulling out the oleuropein and phenolic compounds. The lye is then thoroughly washed from the olives. Afterwards the olives go into a natural brine to ferment and the the natural sugars turn to lactic acid. Since the lye debitters the olives so quickly, this process only takes 3 months to cure. The olives ripen to a specific texture and vibrant color.
For both curing processes Losada has developed a neutral brine, not overly salty or bitter. Losada offers natural cure in all varietals and formats except for manzanilla and pitted gordal. You can rely on our service team to help you select the perfect olive selection for your application.