Croatian Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Dalmatia
A Quick Overview
First Cold Pressed, Unfiltered.
Harvest Date: November 15, 2017
Varieties: Orkule, Bužva, Oblice
Most Think Olive Oil Is Just For Salads. But We Pour Our Olive Oil On Just About Anything. Steak, Seafood, Potatoes… We’ll Even Pour It Into Chicken Soup!
Seljak (pronounced sell-yahk) is our family’s special extra virgin olive oil. It hails from the selo, which is the word for “village” for over 300 million Slavic-speaking people all around the world, from Slovenia to Russia, and of course, Croatia. Our particular “selo” is Tinj, which is located in the Zadar County of Dalmatia, Croatia, a short 15 minute drive in-land from the Adriatic Sea. “Seljak” just means villager, but to us, it means so much more. The Seljaci (pronounced sell-yahtzee) are a proud, characteristically stubborn, especially hard-working group of country folk that have lived along the Adriatic Sea in Dalmatia for over 1000 years, all the way back to the classical period of the Croatian Kingdom under Kralj Tomislav (King Thomas) in the 10th century.
King Thomas was the first King of Croatia. He became Duke of Croatia in 910, was elevated to kingship by 925 and reigned until 928. At the time of his rule Croatia forged an alliance with the Byzantines during their struggle with the Bulgarian Empire, with whom Croatia eventually went to war that culminated in a decisive victory at the Battle of the Bosnian Highlands in 926. Since that bygone era, however, Croatians have been without a state to call their own, at least until the mid-1990’s.
It surprises most to know that Croatians have remained an ethnically and culturally distinct population within Europe for over 1000 years. Though at the time of this writing, the modern Republic of Croatia is just 22 years old, the country people—the Seljaci—who have traditionally tended to the land, have been around for far longer…
Selo Oils celebrates this rich history and tradition of the Croatian country folk of the Dalmatian coastlands. Seljak Croatian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is our family’s attempt to embody their timeless memory.
This year’s harvest was on November 15th, 2017. The entire family, and many of our friends, got together to hand pick olives from each of our 2000 trees. Our extra virgin olive oil was just recently cold pressed (first) and bottled for your enjoyment. Dobar tek!
Seljak Croatian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a blend of three olive varieties that are indigenous to the Dalmatian coastal region along the Adriatic Sea. Those three varieties are Orkule, Bužva, and Oblice.
At harvest time, the olives come in a range of colors from light green to dark black. We know that they are ready because of their large size, with each olive growing to the size of an extra large gumball.
When the olives are ready, a large group of us (the immediate family and many of our friends) get together to pull the olives from their branches. It is a fun and festive occasion that takes about a week in all to complete. We end each day by feasting late into the evening, eating prosciutto, drinking wine and telling stories until it is time to rest.