The province of Lucca has been a land of olive groves since ancient times. Oil production took on a new significance between 1300 and 1400, a time when the demand and production of olive oil rose steeply all over the region. Each community had norms and regulations concerning the quality of the olive oil and the varieties of olive used in its production. Over time, this product became a commercial commodity, thanks to the tenacity and skills of local farmers.
Extra virgin olive oil from Lucca has a yellow-ish colour with shades of green. It has a fruity aroma and its flavour is sweet with tangy, bitter undertones. It is made from different varieties of olive including Frantoio and Lecciono.
The production area includes the municipalities of: Capannori, Lucca, Montecarlo, Altopascio, Porcari, Villa Basilica, Camaiore, Massarosa, Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Seravezza e Stazzema, Bagni di Lucca, Borgo Mozzano, Pescaglia, Barga, Coreglia Antelminelli e Minucciano in the Lucchesia, Garfagnana and Versilia.
This oil and its delicately spicy flavour is best used raw as salad dressing, as a simple dip (‘pinzimonio’) and in typically Tuscan dishessuch as bruschetta and soups.