First Day of Harvest – Picual 2016

Castillo de Canena First Day of Harvest Picual olive oil is always highly awaited by top chefs.

Trees are hand selected for the First Day of Harvest. This year’s harvest was Oct 16, 2016. The harvest occurs in strict temperature control (often in the dark) and the olives are pressed within four hours!

This years pressing has hints of green grass, green almonds, thyme, and rosemary.

The mouthfeel is initially smooth, with a moderate and balanced bitterness and spiciness, and an aftertaste of almonds, artichokes, tomato leaves, and apple.

The color is a beautiful, intense green.

This year’s special label was designed by Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia.  See artisan information below for more detail.

500 ml bottle of First Day of Harvest Picual (16.9 oz).


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Reduced Shipping Costs

Many of our ingredients are perishable and therefore by necessity, require FEDEX Standard Overnight shipping. There is no way around it - it's costly, and understanding shipping calculations practically requires a degree in actuary science!

In order to help defray your cost of shipping, we have incorporated shipping discounts for many of our finer ingredients. These ingredients are noted on the web site and the discounts will be automatically calculated when the ingredient is added to your cart. These discounts are cumalitive, so you could end up with very low or no shipping charges. (dependant on your location)

The best part is that you might as well add that extra pound of mushrooms, a bottle of truffle oil, some pasta or your favorite "pantry staples" because the shipping costs may not even change!


Every year the company works with a different artist to design a unique label to adorn its iconic cherry-red bottles. Alex de la Iglesia, a popular Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer, and comic book artist, created a whimsical new label that reflects his love for Castillo de Canena’s First Day Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Alex tells us that “working on this project has not only been good fun, as the production of the First Day of Harvest brings the same magic, emotion and passion to the world of extra virgin oil as the characters in my films and books convey."

How to Prep/Store

The iconic cherry-red glass bottle is notably a striking presentation on your counter, but also protects the treasure inside from the harmful effects of sunlight. Do not "save" this lovely oil for a special occasion. Olive oil is a live ingredient and does lose potency and nutrients over time. Enjoy and create a special occasion.

Recipe Ideas

Professional chefs love this vibrant oil. It has grassy notes and a peppery finish. Drizzle on broiled fish or sturdy vegetables (like Brussels sprouts). My personal favorite is to liven a fresh gazpacho. Smoked olive oil is also wonderful in gazpacho but this Picual adds real depth of flavor.