In the past, we blended the different portions of the orchard to create our custom Mediterranean Blend. This year, rebounding from a dramatically low statewide yield, we have enough Picual fruit to bottle as a single-varietal oil. We are proud to introduce an Estate Picual alongside an Estate Tuscan Blend. Our oil is certified Extra Virgin by the California Olive Oil Council every year, as well as won numerous awards at the LA International Competition, the Mid-State Fair, and the California State Fair.
And more trees keep finding their way onto Halter Ranch. We are raising more Frantoio and Moraiolo, a cultivar with exceptional phenolic content. Most recently, we transplanted a 13-year old orchard comprised of various French trees, saving it from the dozer. No matter the impetus for these projects, the oil is the inspiration.