Minuta Olive

Slow Food Presidium

Italy

Sicily

Fruit, nuts and fruit preserves

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Minuta Olive

A rare and ancient Sicilian olive cultivar, the Minuta, flourishes in the Nebrodi mountains, particularly in the Fitàlia Valley and some areas near Castell’Umberto and Sinagra. Around 90% of the olive groves, especially higher up in the hills, are planted with Minuta trees. A hardy cultivar, it is more resistant to adverse weather than the Santagatese. The Minuta is highly nutritious, with a high concentration of polyphenols and vitamin E, and its olive oil is very delicate, rich in subtle fruity notes with floral aromas. These are unusual characteristics in Sicilian oils, which are generally characterized by stronger, more piquant flavors.

Season

Harvested from October to November, the oil and table olives can be found throughout the year

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Producing extra-virgin olive oil from only Minuta olives is expensive: yields are low and harvest costs are high, because the terrain is uneven and picking by hand is still the norm. The centuries-old olive groves bear witness to the importance of the Minuta olive to the local culture and landscape, but these days the olives are often left to rot on the ground because it would cost too much to harvest them. The Presidium unites several growers who make a single-cultivar oil, obtained following a very strict production protocol.

Production area
Municipalities in the Nebrodi Mountains, Messina Province

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Region, Sinagra Municipality
Producers

Calogera Milio
Contrada San Noto, 11
Ficarra (Me)
Tel. +39 345 1643336
info@sannoto.it
www.sannoto.it

Giulietta Milio
Contrada San Noto
Ficarra (Me)
Tel. +39 338 2300118
aziendamilio@libero.it

Vittoria Piccolo
Contrada San Filippo
Ficarra (Me)
Tel. +39 339 6785388
vittoriapiccolo1@virgilio.it

Queen Rose
di Carmelo Messina
Via Martini, 300
Ficarra (Me)
Tel. +39 349 0611428
c.messina71@virgilio.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Carmelo Messina
Tel. +39 349 0611428
c.messina71@virgilio.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Alberto Nuzzi,
Tel. +39 333 2167607
soat.brolo@regione.sicilia.it
Producing extra-virgin olive oil from only Minuta olives is expensive: yields are low and harvest costs are high, because the terrain is uneven and picking by hand is still the norm. The centuries-old olive groves bear witness to the importance of the Minuta olive to the local culture and landscape, but these days the olives are often left to rot on the ground because it would cost too much to harvest them. The Presidium unites several growers who make a single-cultivar oil, obtained following a very strict production protocol.

Production area
Municipalities in the Nebrodi Mountains, Messina Province

Presidium supported by
Sicilian Region, Sinagra Municipality
Producers

Calogera Milio
Contrada San Noto, 11
Ficarra (Me)
Tel. +39 345 1643336
info@sannoto.it
www.sannoto.it

Giulietta Milio
Contrada San Noto
Ficarra (Me)
Tel. +39 338 2300118
aziendamilio@libero.it

Vittoria Piccolo
Contrada San Filippo
Ficarra (Me)
Tel. +39 339 6785388
vittoriapiccolo1@virgilio.it

Queen Rose
di Carmelo Messina
Via Martini, 300
Ficarra (Me)
Tel. +39 349 0611428
c.messina71@virgilio.it
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Carmelo Messina
Tel. +39 349 0611428
c.messina71@virgilio.it

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Alberto Nuzzi,
Tel. +39 333 2167607
soat.brolo@regione.sicilia.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionSicily