New in the Market: Nudo Adopt Olive Oil

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on July 24, 2018 · 0 comments

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Nudo Adopt is a collaboration of small-scale olive groves in Liguria, LeMarche, Abrozzo and Sicily, which use traditional farming and milling practices to produce premium, artisan, extra virgin olive oil. Through their olive tree adoption program, you support these Italian farmers. It is a platform for micro-producers of olive oil to bring high-quality, specialty oil to a wider audience.

Nudo Adopt was started 10 years ago by Cathy Rogers and Jason Gibb after they bought and restored an abandoned 21-acre olive grove in Le Marche, Italy. Each farmer is responsible for their olive grove and all the olive oil produced goes into the Nudo adoption program which links farmers with customers. You can either adopt an olive oil tree or choose one, two or four olive oil deliveries for a year. After you select the option you wish, you receive a booklet about the program and how to select the groove and tree for your olive oil. Each delivery contains three 16.9-ounce tins of extra virgin olive oil.

We received Olio Nuovo made from Taggiasca olives grown at the foothills of the Italian Alps. It is extra virgin which means the olive oil has the lowest acidity and the best flavor, which was mild and nutty. The olive oil is “first cold pressed” which means that the olives are pressed solely by mechanical force without heat. Olives used to make Nudo oil are never repressed a second or third time. All Nudo olive oils are first press only.

The nutrition profile for Nudo is typical for olive oil: 122 calories per tablespoon, 13.5 grams of total fat (2.1 grams saturated, 1.2 grams polyunsaturated and 9.5 grams monounsaturated).

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