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Emilia Reigado and family

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Buy less, buy better, buy local, by sail!

Join our Sail Cargo Pioneers – buy your oil now

Emilia and her husband Justino Reigado grow olives in the nature reserve of Faia Brava in Portugal, maintained without use of chemical fertiliser or pesticides – they are 2.5 years into the three year certification process. They harvest only about 3000 litres per year and Sail Cargo South East is very privileged and fortunate to have brought one third of the Reigado family crops to Sussex, sailed from Porto to Newhaven on the engineless sailing ship Nordlys.

This delicious extra virgin olive oil is great for using in your everyday kitchen on salads, soups, pastas, stir fried veggies or just for dipping in bread. The olive varieties used to make the oil are Verdeal and Cornicabra, which are typical for the Beiro Alto area. Cornicabra has a medium-intense peppery flavour and is known for its high content in monounsaturated fatty acids. Verdeal is a variety high in polyphenols that brings us the good health benefits such as antioxidants and vitamin E.

“I have just had some of the oil with tomatoes, a pinch of salt and a slice of sourdough – I am sold – utterly delicious – thank you so much!” Susanna, Newhaven

By buying olive oil that is part of this first cargo you are helping us to promote the concept of “buy less, buy better, buy local, by sail”! By buying less often and in bulk we can all reduce unnecessary use of packaging, and share the responsibility of storage and logistics from the growers to the ship to our homes. The reward for this is a price that beats the high street for a product of the highest quality in taste and ethics.

More information on the growers: the Reigado family

IMG_3637Marije Passos, olive oil sommelier based in Portugal who helped Sail Cargo South East and New Dawn Traders, find this very special oil says:

“Some producers you can only meet in small fairs in Portugal and this is how Emilia Reigado and I met. I was at Bienal do Azeite in Castelo Branco to hunt for table olives. I found her with a big red flower in her hair. She is a very tiny lady with exceptional commercial skills. Emilia kept on chatting to me in Portuguese while I understood only half of it. But I tasted the oils and olives and was sold.”

Emilia and her husband are traditional farmers, buying plots bit by bit in a Valley around Coa (Figueira de Castelo Roderigo) in the nature reserve of Faia Brava, where some of their trees are reputed to be more than a 1000 years old. They work with a few varieties from this area: Negrinha, Cornicabra and Verdeal. Some trees only used for table olives, others for olive oil.

It is a tough environment being very dry and hot in the summer. Because most of the trees grow on steep slopes, most of the harvest is done manually. The whole environment is maintained organically and you see all the wildlife around the trees, animals, wild lavender and almond trees.

The Reigado family live in a modest house in their village where they show the few lost tourists the amazing old olive press of the village which is completely intact. They harvest only about 3000 litres per year which is not much at all. Sail Cargo South East is very privileged and fortunate to be able to have access to one third of her crops to sell to you.

More information on the oil

The olive varieties used for pressing the olive oils are Verdeal and Cornicabra. Justino is doing ground blends which mean that olives are picked mostly by hand and mechanical sticks and then pressed together. Each year therefor nature decides on the flavours and notes making it extra special.

These varieties are typical for the Beira Alto area where they are produced. Verdeal brings an intense, slightly bitter and strong spicy flavour which means it has high values of polyphenols that brings us the good health benefits such as antioxidants and vitamin E. Verdeal has a pleasant fruity aroma with some tones of tomato leaf, fig leaf and artichokes.

Cornicabra variety is present in Spain and Portugal and is known for its stability because of its high content in monounsaturated fatty acids, which makes it especially appropriate for dietary purposes. This variety has a balance between sweet dried red fruits at first, and then having notes of green apple and almond nuts with a medium-intense peppery flavour. The texture is smooth and velvety.

This extra virgin olive oil is your all round medium intense friend and is great for using in your everyday kitchen. Topping off salads, soups, pastas, stir fried veggies or just some dipping in bread.

More information about Sail Cargo South East

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In October 2017 the engine-less classic sailing ketch Nordlys (built 1873 on the Isle of Wight) shipped 1000 litres of olive oil into Newhaven, from Porto, Portugal. This was the culmination of many months work, connecting us via the sea with our wonderful growers, the Reigado family, and bringing their delicious oil to the homes of our sail cargo pioneers - people who pre-ordered 5 litre tubs. This allowed us to pay the Reigados a fair price upfront, 40% of the sale price. We offer full transparency, with each tub including a breakdown of where the £10/litre goes. We have some oil left, in 750ml glass bottles (£10) and 5litre plastic tubs (£55) which you can order at this link:

To make all this happen Sail Boat Project (a community sailing school) set up Sail Cargo South East, a partnership to look at establishing sail cargo routes using our own sail training vessels for potential cross channel routes, as well as Nordlys and other boats working longer passages. We are part of a wider network called the Sail Cargo Alliance, which brings together sail cargo vessels, growers and brokers. We are calling this way of working 'community supported shipping' and we are already looking at a second shipment into Newhaven around April 2018 with this year's olive harvest. This will hopefully include: olive oil in wine box style cardboard packaging; whole olives, almonds and dried fruit; sea salt; Portuguese wine and port!

We're looking for people to get involved with promotion, port logistics and planning and ideally sourcing a river boat to trans-ship the cargo into the heart of Lewes on the Ouse. So if you're interested in putting Lewes on the map as a Sail Cargo Town and working towards zero emissions transport we'd love to hear from you!

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Nordlys sailing into Newhaven

We have a limited stock of 5l containers of olive oil left from £55 each.

“Some producers you can only meet in small fairs in Portugal and this is how Emilia Reigado and I met. I was at Bienal do Azeite in Castelo Branco to hunt for table olives. I found her with a big red flower in her hair. She is a very tiny lady with exceptional commercial skills. Emilia kept on chatting to me in Portuguese while I understood only half of it. But I tasted the oils and olives and was sold.”

 – Marije Passos, olive oil sommelier based in Portugal who helped Sail Cargo South East and New Dawn Traders, find this very special oil.

40% of the cost price goes direct to the growers, a significant amount compared to other traders.

See more pictures of Nordlys’ arrival in Newhaven here

 

Pre-buy discount prices have now ended

Pre-buy allows us to pay to the growers and ship upfront – whereas in conventional commerce they usually have to wait for payment until well after delivery.

 

Free extra labels available so you can decant into your own bottles and make great gifts

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