Italian Olive Oil Producer Bellucci Premium Comments on the Implementation of Night Harvests Due to the Severe Weather in Italy

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Following an article that discusses night harvesting taking place in Italy, Bellucci Premium makes a statement.

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Bellucci Premium comments on an article that details how Italian olive harvesters have been forced to harvest at night due to the uncommon weather in northern and southern Italy.

According to the article published by The Olive Oil Times on October 28th titled “Harvesting Under the Moon,” uncommon weather in both northern and southern Italy is causing issues with olive harvesting. The weather in the north has been rainy and cold, while the weather in the south is reminiscent of summer weather.

The heat is an issue when it comes to harvesting olives because they spoil quicker in warm temperatures, says the article. The fermentation process goes quicker in the heat, which could result in fusty olive oil. The article notes, “According to experts and growers, environmental temperature can also affect the olive oil intensity and other aromatic features.”

One small olive farm in Apulia, whose economy is based off of olive oil and wine production, took notes from Sicily, which had implemented night picking of grapes.

According to the article, the olive harvesters picked their crops at night on October 19th. This harvest was also part of an experiment to see if the organoleptic characteristics of olive oil are better preserved when harvested at night. High temperatures can cause olives to lose their scent, which ultimately affects the oil produced by the olives.

Pantaleo Piccinno, Chairman of Coldiretti Lecce, was quoted in the article saying that an experiment like this can “raise the bar of quality” for olive oil. Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Italian olive oil producer Bellucci Premium, is excited to see what the results of the night harvests will show. “It will be interesting to see if night harvests do affect olive oil taste and quality,” she says. “It can ultimately change the harvest process forever.”

Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.

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