Visiting Istria, the region with the best olive oils in the world, is a must for every true gourmand.
The olive branch is a symbol of peace, and the resilient olive trees are inseparably rooted in the Mediterranean, including Istria. The tradition of olive growing in Istria dates back to ancient times when the ancient Romans recognized Istrian fertile soil as suitable for growing the most famous Mediterranean elixir - olive oil.
Modern Istrian olive oil producers use that long-lasting tradition to offer you some of the best olive oils in the world. A prestigious world guide for premium extra virgin olive oils, Flos Olei, declared Istria the region with the best olive oils in the world five years in a row – in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020!
Why is olive oil so precious?
Olive oil is the most important type of fat in human nutrition, and is thus widely known as liquid gold. It is the staple ingredient of Mediterranean cuisine, one of the healthiest in the world.
Olive oil can also be used for body care and as a remedy for various ailments.
Why is Istrian olive oil one of the best in the world?
Istrian olive oil is healthier and more aromatic than the oils from southern parts of Europe and northern Africa, due to a colder climate in which Istrian olives grow.
The oldest olive tree in Istria is found in Brijuni, and it was scientifically proven to be around 1600 years old. As many as 23 varieties of olives are grown in Istria, of which 11 are authentic and 12 are foreign.
Taste the best olive oil in the world
Istrian oils are considered to be the highest-quality oils by world standards, and you can try them if you embark on a trip down the olive roads with marked oil mills and taverns of the best Istrian olive oil producers.
You can choose your route on the olive oil roads.
If you only want to try the best of the best, visit olive oil makers listed in Flos Olei guide.
The museum of olive oil
Visit Olei Histriae, the museum of Istrian olive oil in the centre of Pula to learn why Istrian olive oil was highly appreciated as far as the ancient Roman times. Find out how it was processed then and how it is made nowadays, and discover the secrets of producing premium extra virgin olive oil.
Taste Istrian oil and learn some tips for olive oil tasting. In the store, you can find the largest selection of premium Istrian extra virgin oils and other Istrian delicacies.
Find out more about the museum.