‘Sikitita’ or Chiquitita is the first variety of olive tree selected for its use in hedgerow system and is the result of research for genetic improvement of olive trees. This project has been led by Diego Barranco and Luis Rallo (A joint development by the University of Córdoba and the Andalusia Research Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries ( IFAPA).
It is a cross between ‘Picual’ (female parent) and ‘Arbequina’ (male parent) and with a compact size ideal for growing in hedgerows. In addition, it is a species of early production that yields an oil with great organoleptic characteristics.
In Cortijo el Puerto, Chiquitita, is represented by the chicks that are raised on the farm, in an ecological environment. These small birds of the autochthonous breeds Utrerana grow up in a farm that produces corn purposely for their food, that entertain them in «swings custom-made » and cradles them at night in mobile Hen Houses.
Chiquitita has small leaves, with elliptical-lanceolate shape, short length and narrow width.
This variety is of early maturation, anticipating the ripening time one week compared to Arbequina.
The olive has an ovoid and symmetrical shape, with absent nipple and when mature, Chiquitita reaches a black color. Its oil is easy to extract.
The Chiquitita Organic EVOO for this new season is fruity, of green olives with mature notes of medium intensity, with a cinnamon and fennel background, balancing on the palate with sweet light bitterness and a medium pungency and a nice background of nuts.
We recommend you try them for breakfasts and snacks with traditional breads like muffins or peasants. It combines with citrus fruits, honey, nuts and dark chocolate. We love it raw, in vinaigrettes and emulsions (alliolli, mayonnaise) or in salads with green leaves, pineapple or mango. Optimum with soft mushrooms like Boletus Edulis. Exquisitely marinated with white fish and seafood. And for dessert … with cakes, pudding and ice cream.
Chiquitita, the little on of Cortijo el Puerto, is available in our online store in 100 ml bottles, an ideal format to try, gifts and for hand luggage!
Ready to taste!