As you might expect, olives grown in cooler areas where there is more moisture (rainfall and dew) exhibit leaner, more restrained characteristics.  This doesn’t however mean that great oil can now be made in Iceland – you need a minimum amount of sunshine to make your Extra Virgin Olive Oil taste remarkable, similarly to tomatoes or stone fruit.

Olive trees are sensitive to winter freeze (the Casaliva cultivar is more resistant to cold, hence being grown in the Garda region).  It is also easier to farm organically where the climate is more stable and less chemical sprays are required to keep the trees healthy.



Here’s the thing – all olives are green.  When they become fully mature, they turn black.
Olive maturity at the time of harvest is a major factor in flavour and quality: olives harvested earlier (green olives) feature more bitter, grassy characteristics, with lower yields and with the highest anti-oxidant content.  The oil is a much more intense green colour and has a longer shelf-life.  In terms of production, milling can take longer with green olives (a longer malaxation - the action of slowly churning milled olives to release droplets of oil - is needed and can be more complicated) but the results are far superior!  Don’t choose olive oil from over mature fruit: it lacks all the potential goodness and flavour.



People who care passionately about what they make and follow it personally every day have the capacity to create products with far higher quality, with integrity, and that taste of where they come from.  They are also able to do this by caring for the environment they inhabit.


This box contains 6 bottles of extra virgin olive oil made exclusively by Frantoio di Riva from groves on the banks of lake Garda.

Frantoio di Riva, 46°PARALLELO green label x 3 bottles (50cl)
Frantoio di Riva, 46°PARALLELO organic white label x 1 bottle (50cl)
Frantoio di Riva, 46°PARALLELO blue label x 1 bottle (50cl)
Frantoio di Riva, ULIVA Garda Trentino DOP x 1 bottle (50cl)

Mood and Food

It is well known that our eating patterns can cause mood swings. Blood sugar fluctuations and nutritional imbalances are often to blame and without a steady source of fuel from the foods we eat, our mind and bodies don’t function well.

The gut-brain connection is a growing area of research as evidence documents the role that the gut microbiome plays in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, associated with mood regulation, so a diet rich in fiber, probiotics and extra virgin olive oil can potentially have a positive impact on your mood.

Chronic inflammation, often linked to diets with a high content of sugar, processed foods or unhealthy fats has been implicated in mood disorders, such as depression. So, a diet rich in anti-inflammatory food including certain fruit, vegetables, omega-3-rich foods and extra virgin olive oil are likely contributors to reduced inflammation and improved mood.

The quality of your diet matters to support your physical and mental health, so where possible, don’t cut corners on quality ingredients – they make a genuine difference.

With so much out of our control, at least we can take this matter in hand and improve our lives and our mental well-being.