First Day of Harvest – Arbequina 2016

Castillo de Canena First Day of Harvest Arbequina olive oil is an awaited culinary delight each year.

Each year certain trees are hand selected for the First Day of Harvest. The olives are processed within four hours of harvest. Pure Arbequina olive oil from this special harvest has wonderful qualities. This year’s harvest occurred on October 16, 2016, has an acidity of .11 and a beautiful greenish-yellow hue. Flavor notes include banana, apple, almond, and pear.

Each year, somebody from the artistic world, society, science . . . shows his peculiar view on this magical day of harvest through the design of the label. This year’s label was designed by Alex de la Iglesia. See artisan information below for more detail.

500 ml bottles of pure Arbequina oil from the First Day of Harvest! Makes a thoughtful gift.


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Reduced Shipping Costs

Many of our ingredients are perishable and therefore by necessity, require FEDEX Standard Overnight shipping. There is no way around it - it's costly, and understanding shipping calculations practically requires a degree in actuary science!

In order to help defray your cost of shipping, we have incorporated shipping discounts for many of our finer ingredients. These ingredients are noted on the web site and the discounts will be automatically calculated when the ingredient is added to your cart. These discounts are cumalitive, so you could end up with very low or no shipping charges. (dependant on your location)

The best part is that you might as well add that extra pound of mushrooms, a bottle of truffle oil, some pasta or your favorite "pantry staples" because the shipping costs may not even change!


Alex de la Iglesia, a popular Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer, and comic book artist, created a whimsical new label that reflects his love for Castillo de Canena’s First Day Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Alex tells us that “working on this project has not only been good fun, as the production of the First Day of Harvest brings the same magic, emotion and passion to the world of extra virgin oil as the characters in my films and books convey."

How to Prep/Store

First Day of Harvest olive oil comes in a beautiful deep cherry-red bottle. This not only looks lovely on your counter but helps protect the oil from sunlight. Keep away from extreme temperatures and enjoy! Remember olive oil is a "living" thing. Do not try and "save for a special occasion," it degenerates and loses flavor with time. MAKE a special occasion and enjoy often!

Recipe Ideas

Oh, where to begin? This Arbequina olive oil is fruity yet flavorful. It is not overpowering or bitter. Drizzle on all of the usual . . . fresh greens, sliced avocados, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella. But also wonderful for making homemade mayonnaise (aioli).