LAUDEMIO : the finest expression of true Tuscan extra virgin olive oil

I recently had the opportunity to meet Diana Frescobaldi the President of the Laudemio Consortium she represents the Frescobaldi family 30th generation and 800 year history. She is dedicated to produces the finest highest quality extra virgin olive oil.

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Laudemio in Italian was used to indicate the best part of the harvest that was reserved exclusively for the signore excellence in olive oil production. 2018 marks 30 years since the Consortium was founded and today it is composed of 21 producers.

Did you know that for Laudemio all olive trees harvest for the Laudemio production must be registered individually, specifyin gthe typology and age. The timing of the harvest itself varies each year depending on the climate, but must be completed before November 30th. The total production is 72 tons of olive oil.

Laudemio a pure cold pressed Tuscan olive oil.  I had the delight of enjoying a tasting of Laudemio and then also a tasting which the menu was created by The Leopard at des Artistes.

“SE VOGLIAMO CHE TUTTO RIMANGA COM’È BISOGNA CHE TUTTO CAMBI.”
“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”

– Tancredi Falconeri, Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, 1958

 

THE LEOPARD at des Artistes finds its roots in the area once known as “The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies” (mid 1800s) and in the culinary traditions of the regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course Sicily, reaching a balance between dishes based on rural elements, such as pasta, vegetables, cheese, and seafood ingredients from the Costiera. The Kingdom, Naples as capital, was the largest and wealthiest of the states before Italian unification. Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s master piece, Il Gattopardo (Italian for The Leopard) chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento, period when Giuseppe Garibaldi, the hero of Italian unification, swept through Sicily with his forces, known as The Thousand, to create the single state of Italy in the 19th century.

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It was a true culinary experience. From a beautiful salad to ice cream to finish the decadent lunch which was delightful. Being an ice cream connessiur I have tried olive oil ice cream before but never like this this was quite beautiful.

Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an elite, award-winning product and ambassador of Tuscan olive oil-making. Made from olives harvested across twenty-one estates, Laudemio is the finest example of high quality extra virgin.

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LAUDEMIO, QUINTESSENCE OF TUSCANY —

Twentyone estates.
Twentyone historical olive crus.
Twentyone extra virgin olive oils of inimitable character.
A unique terrain.
A single trademark.
Discover the world of Laudemio, the brand which is world ambassador of the great oil producing art of Tuscany.

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For thousands of years, olive oil, cereals, legumes and vegetables, fresh fruit and wine have been the pillars on which the diet of peoples around the Mediterranean Sea have been based. Hundreds of medical and scientific studies in recent decades have analysed and praised the beneficial properties of this balanced nutritional model, known around the world as the Mediterranean diet. Special attention has been given to extra virgin olive oil: a vegetable juice with unique chemical and nutritional properties, a food/medicament rich in a particular nutritional combination of fatty acids and a series of anti-oxidant micro-elements unobtainable elsewhere.

Laudemio extra virgin olive oil, the purest cold pressed oil from perfectly whole Tuscan olives picked at the right stage of ripeness, combines and exalts all the excellent virtues of the fruit of the olive tree. The unparalleled balance between saturated, monounsaturated  and polyunsaturated fats that is characteristic of extra virgin olive oil, a balance significantly like that of human breast milk, makes Laudemio an ideal food right from the moment a child is weaned.

In adults, the balanced composition of oleic acid and vitamin F (fatty acids in the omega 3 and omega 6 series) in Laudemio performs the valuable task of lowering bad cholesterol and maintaining the levels of good cholesterol, thus contributing to the protection of the arteries and the heart, and consequently lowering the risk of cardio-circulatory diseases. In addition to this there is its delicate emollient action on the tissues and its protective action on the gastro-intestinal mucosa and regulation of the digestion.

What truly makes an excellent extra virgin olive oil such as Laudemio so unique is its vast and complex range of micro-constituents and antioxidant molecules. Bitter, tannic polyphenol compounds such as tyrosol, hydrotyrosol and  oleuropein, the tocopherols (or vitamin E), pigmented substances such as carotenoids, terpenes with their fruity fragrance, squalene: all of these elements have important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory functions in cell protection, for the  digestion  and in stimulating gastric and liver secretions.

These molecules also deeply affect the appearance, taste and nose of an olive oil, defining its character and personality. Laudemio’s extraordinary visual, organoleptic and aromatic profile is thus not only a source of delight for the eyes and the palate but also and above all the best testimonial of its excellent nutritional value.

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