Il Cavallino AWARDS
The Salvadori family, who produces "Il Cavallino" extra virgin olive oil, are natives of Montescudaio, a small village nestled in the hills near the coast of Cecina, where woods, vineyards and olive groves welcome travelers passing by.
Many years ago, a visitor could find Pietro Salvadori with his sons Pasquino and Salvo working in their fields, tending their olive trees and vineyards, always ready to offer a "gotto" (sip) of wine to friends or strangers who stopped to visit.
Over the years, the Salvadori olive groves have expanded from the hills of Montescudaio down into the valleys of Bibbona and Cecina. Today, if one passes by our farm, they will likely find the fifth generation of Salvadoris still tending to the family olive trees.
The origins of olive oil is dated back to the origins of the Mediterranean culture. Around 1000 b. C. the olive-trees, probably coming from Palestine, were introduced in our peninsula.
Tuscany has always been an ideal place for the growth of olive-trees because of its climate and fertile land.
All these reasons favoured the development and improvement of the art of cultivation of olive-trees so that with the passing time it has become unique and incomparable.
Maybe all of you do not know that the extra virgin olive oil is the only fundamental food obtained directly from the fruit itself. The squeezing is done mechanically, but it must not alter the temperature of the mixture during the pressing.(cold pressing). In order to be extra virgin, the olive oil must have a percentage of oleic acid lower that 1%. The production of olive oil is given by different moments: harvesting, washing, pressing, decantation, centrifugation and filtering.
BENEFICIAL PROPERTIES OF THE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE
It favours the anti-oxidative process on the free radicals. It is a natural anti hypertension. Lowers the values of the LDL cholesterol. Lowers the formation of atheromatous plaques Favours the metabolism of the liver. Reduces the glycemia (sugars within the blood)
The olive oil is a source of fundamental vitamins such as A, D, E and it favours the absorption of the others.
In addition to this, it is useful to prevent some cardiovascular diseases (ictus, myocardium infarctation and arteriosclerosis)
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