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Castillo de Canena: Arbequina & World

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Already present in more than fifty countries on the five continents with its high-end extra virgin oils, Canena Castle has selected the best spices from each region of the world. This is how he has infused them with his exclusive Arbequina extra virgin oil, creating a unique product.

Castillo de Canena opens Arbequina & World

Exclusive oils inspired by the ancient spice merchants. On the crossings of the Manila galleon. On the silk road, its maps, travels and discoveries. Thus, this new collection pays historical tribute to the intimate relationship between Spain and the spice route. For 250 years it linked Asia, America and Europe through the Manila galleon. Once a year I made the route Manila (Asia) - Acapulco and Veracruz (Mexico).

From American ports, Spanish ships carried the precious spices of Asia and the New World to the Iberian Peninsula. Then they were distributed throughout all European countries. In addition, the most exotic spices from Africa also arrived at the port of Cádiz.

“From Castillo de Canena we want to pay tribute to those distant moments in which Spain was ahead of the world of gastronomic fusion and the miscegenation of flavors. We wanted to recall this fact and interpret it today. Thus, this is a new exercise in gastronomic geography », explains Rosa Vañó. She is the Commercial and Marketing Director of Castle of Canena.

«For this reason, we have commissioned the master pickaxe Marcos Reguera is a selection of the best and most characteristic spices from each continent. We have infused them with our Arbequina extra virgin oil. It is a testimony to the great discoverers and travelers ”, he continues.

100% natural spices

The result of this combination is the creation of an exclusive collection of its best oils. Those of the Arbequina varietal (99,5%) infused with unique 100% natural spices. Ideal to enhance our dishes and get delicious recipes. Well, by modifying the spices we completely change the flavor of a food.

“This new collection arises from the search for new and elaborate sensations that surround extra virgin olive oil. On this occasion, we have incorporated the best 100% natural spices. Like cinnamon, cardamom, Szechuan pepper, pink berries or cumin, among others.

A whole mixture of flavors and natural aromas that perfume the extra virgin olive oils. They create a sensory journey around the world, a unique and surprising culinary experience ”, stated Rosa Vañó.

 Combining surprising and harmonic flavors

Spices have contributed to enrich and enhance traditional culinary rites, merging with local flavors. They serve as a dressing and condiment, adapting over time to the gastronomy of each country.

Arbequina & World Includes four containers of infused Arbequina extra virgin olive oil. In addition, they have a special blend of spices from four continents: America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

“We have chosen spices with a unique flavor and character, which will surprise when tasted. They do not evoke the current flavors of that continent, but rather its genuine historical origin. Thus, for example, coriander is included in Taste of Europa. It is where it really comes from ”, explained the teacher pickaxe Marcos Reguera.


  1. TASTE OF AMERICA: Pink berries, black pepper, allspice, and mace. As a suggestion for use, it is ideal to accompany grilled meats and carpaccios. For the preparation of marinades and green salads. Also with fruit salads and red berries. With chocolate cakes and mousse, among others.


  1. TASTE OF ASIA: Cinnamon, cardamom and Szechuan pepper. As tips for use, it is perfect with ceviches, tartares, sashimis and octopus. To accompany rice and pasta; to make meat stews, baked meat and barbecues. And with goat cheese, brie and other soft ones.


  1. TASTE OF EUROPA: Dill seed, caraway, nutmeg and coriander seed. As a suggestion of use, it is ideal for the preparation of hummus, vegetable creams or pickles. Also grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes and mayonnaise. To accompany seafood, salmon and other blue fish. With fruit salad, soups and beet salads, among others.


  1. TASTE OF AFRICA: Grains of Paradise, Cumin, Vanilla and Cloves. As advice for use, it is perfect with spicy and strong cheeses, such as blue or manchego. With couscous, legumes and patés. To make grilled chicken and barbecues. To accompany cakes, ice cream and pastries, among others.

Information about each

These new oils manage to combine, in a surprising and at the same time harmonious way, different flavors. A green olive, artichoke, almond and fresh herbs from Arbequina extra virgin oil. This with the natural aromas of spices.

Spices that are more fashionable than ever, since they are one of the main gastronomic trends of this year. TASTE OF AMERICA It evokes smoky flavors. TASTE OF ASIA it's like a citrus explosion. TASTE OF EUROPE leads us to green flavors and aromas and TASTE OF AFRICA achieves a great warm aromatic depth.


They have a more primary, more immediate aromatic character. TASTE OF ASIA infuses dishes with citrus and floral touches. They provide Szechuan pepper and cardamom. They are softened with the citrus mellow of the selected cinnamon, unique among all for its elegance and finesse.

Moreover, TASTE OF EUROPE It reflects the north of the continent with the humidity and fresh grass of the seeds of dill and caraway. In addition, it achieves a broader geographical profile. It does so by bringing the blend towards the Mediterranean through coriander seeds (orange peel and balsamic) together with scented nutmeg (aromas of pine, floral and citrus), to recover the Mediterranean landscapes and their magical aromas.


They get a deeper trait. In TASTE OF AMERICA The Arbequina variety is impregnated with smoky notes provided by Lampong pepper. Also with the balsamic punch of pink berries and the aromatic versatility of allspice. Likewise, with the elegance - as if it were a perfume - of the mace. Thus, it is possible to recreate an urban walk through a large city in America.

En TASTE OF AFRICA its characteristic northern cuisine and its ancestral civilization are appreciated. The clove-cumin pair is enriched with exotic grains of paradise. With its noble woods and its sharp spiciness that is partly quenched by a splendid Madagascar vanilla. It gives it corpulence, depth and the most delicate sweetness.

According to the teacher pickaxe Marcos Reguera “the inspiration of these four blends born as a reflection of the landscape of each continent. It brings its characteristic features closer to the soul of the territory itself ”.

Increase in the healthy properties of oils

Canena Castle produces this collection of infused oils from a careful process that maintains all the essence and quality of extra virgin olive oil. It prevents its properties from being altered and its flavor from being lost.

“For the production of these oils, we have expressly developed an artisan production system that follows the strictest quality controls and protocols. Selected spices - without chemicals or additives - are imported raw, to maintain their aromas and flavors.

When they arrive at the oil mill, they are ground in a special mill and then their powder is introduced into small cellulose sacks that are immersed in the extra virgin oil for several days, giving the Arbequino all its aromas and flavors. For this reason, the quality of the product is exceptional ”, explained Francisco Vañó, General Director of Castle of Canena.

In addition, when the Arbequina extra virgin oil is infused with the spices, not only its flavor is modified, but also its healthy properties.

With natural antioxidants

“In the laboratory analyzes of the new oils, we observed that the healthy properties that Arbequina extra virgin olive oil originally possesses are strongly increased when infused with the different spices used.

Thus, the natural antioxidants found in our arbequins (tocopherols, biopherols, thyroxol, hydroxytyrosol, oleocanthal and vitamin E) experience a significant increase, amplifying their beneficial effects for health ”, Francisco Vañó has specified.

Amber glass container

As already happened with your oil First Day of Harvest and its characteristic cherry-colored bottle, with its Arbequino with Oak Smoke and its elegant turquoise blue bottle, and with its Arbequina & Co. and its amber glass containers with dropper and silkscreened in fluorescent colors, the new Arbequina & World They stand out for their amber glass containers with a cartographic map label. Includes a small drawing of spices in pink, turquoise, purple and brown.

The dosing system incorporated in each bottle enables the proper use of these new oils, since it allows the exact quantities required for each recipe and pairing to be accurately measured. It comes in a copper-colored box, which includes the four amber glass bottles of 100 ml each.

Learn more about this new product on the web: www.castillodecanena.com