Montagna Sacra Olive Oil is produced on the Gargano Peninsula as well but not as close to the Adriatic as the Re Manfredi. Many of the trees that produce these olives are hundreds of years old and grow on the mountain side of the Gargano. The olives are hand picked when they are fully mature. The flavor characteristics are buttery, mellow, with just a hint of spice in the finish. You may want to use this oil to lightly sauté foods, such as tomatoes and vegetables for pasta, for bagna calda, or to drizzle over soups and beans and is an excellent oil to be used in baking.
Montagna Sacra (Sacred Mountain) Olive Oil got it's name from the
fact that one of the holiest saints of our time, Padre Pio, came
to practice his faith and religious vocation as a Capuscian Monk on
the mountain top of the Gargano in the town of San Giovanni Rotondo. The
ancient olive trees that bare the fruit used for this full bodied,
buttery flavored certified organic extra virgin olive oil come from the mountain
side in the Gargano National Park.
When one climbs to the top of the Gargano to the town of San Giovanni Rotondo, pilgrims and tourists can be found in the recently built church dedicated to God and this holy man. Most pilgrims and tourists are greeted at the very top of the mountain with the view of the magnificent, modern hospital Padre Pio had dreamed to create. This holy man lived to see this dream come true and to benefit those who live in the Gargano.
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