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Sierra de Cazorla Cooperative Gaining Worldwide Acclaim

Oct. 24, 2014
Olive Oil Times Staff

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Many read­ers of Olive Oil Times can remem­ber that first time we tasted really good extra vir­gin olive oil.

The epiphany for some likely occurred far from home (and the super­mar­ket shelves we fre­quent there) in some rural mill in Spain, Greece or Italy, or in a small shop in the pres­ence of a know­ing merchant. 

Joanna Pope had her EVOO moment in New York, where she first tasted the brand Dehesa de la Sabina, a Gold Award win­ner at the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC).

Since then, Pope told Kent Online in a story posted today, she has been sell­ing the Spanish Picual at regional mar­kets and on her website.

Dehesa de la Sabina began just a few years ago when, in 2012, eight farm­ers of south­ern Sierra de Cazorla (Jaén) decided to cre­ate their own cooperative.

Just two years later, the pro­duc­ers called the NYIOOC win a nod to the care­ful work done, not only to achieve excel­lence in the mill, but from the begin­ning, in the man­age­ment of our farms.” 

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Dehesa de la Sabina arose from the shared con­cern of the envi­ron­ment and health prob­lems result­ing from indus­trial agri­cul­ture and the need to defend farm­ers’ income and, of course, for the sake of pro­duc­ing high qual­ity oils,” said the coop­er­a­tive in a state­ment. This award is proof that you can do well in a dif­fer­ent way and, of course, it is a new rea­son to continue.”

The brand was among 50 Gold Award win­ners from Spain at the 2014 New York International Olive Oil Competition, and among 19 awarded for olive oils made from the Picual variety.
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In the U.K, Dehesa de la Sabina can be found on Pope’s web­site Perfect Tree, while in the U.S., the brand is avail­able on Amazon.

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