Extra-virgin olive oil is a phytocomplex, that is to say a product of vegetable origin containing a significant quantity of a wide range of components. Its beneficial effects on health are due to the biological action of these substances.
Africa's Big Five animals are very well known. More recently also North America and Europe have tried to identify their iconic large mammals. What about Selvanuova? What are the most exemplary and noticeable wild animals inhabiting our organic olive groves?
Spring has reached its peak in our organic farm, and nature is very busy at recovering from a cold late winter, and making the most before the summer drought.
France's bird population is collapsing because pesticides are decimating the insects they feed on. At Selvanuova we are conserving nature in a productive farm, and we would like to set an inspiring model for other farms.
At Selvanuova we value wild legume plants because they contribute to nitrogen fixation, thus naturally increasing the availability of this nutrient for our olive trees.
These old and almost unproductive almond trees are a key feature of our wildlife-rich olive groves, rewarding us with a marvelous bloom, announcing the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.
Increasing the content of organic matter in the soil and restoring the nutrient balance are cornerstone principles of organic farming. Over the past few days we have been spreading, throughout our 5 hectares of olive groves, 10 tonnes of pelleted manure.
Very low acidity, peroxides and UV spectrophotometry data, values being well below all maximum thresholds found in all PDO-PGI quality standards.
High content of antioxidants (polyphenols and vitamin E), so health claims foreseen in EC Regulation 2012/432 can be applied.
Pesticide residues below limits of quantification, thus confirming we are proudly doing organic agriculture.