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Emilia Reigado and family

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

***Olive oil sales now open***

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 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 the Reigado family crops to sell to you, sailed from Porto to Brighton 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.

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

SCSE_logoSail Boat Project has set up Sail Cargo SE to bring together partners interested in trading products that are shipped by sail.

As a member of the Sail Cargo Alliance, we are shipping 1000 litres of organic olive oil from a group of small growers in Porto, Portugal, onboard Nordlys to Brighton this October, with following shipments planned for 2018. By selling all their oil to the Sail Cargo Alliance the growers will be able to buy their own olive oil press, leading to even higher grade olive oil in future. They are interested in becoming a workers' co-operative, something we will be able to support them with as a workers' co-operative ourselves. This relationship has been forged by New Dawn Traders, fellow members of the Sail Cargo Alliance, so that we can collectively offer olive oil that is exceptional in quality and as good as local (by removing fossil fuel from the transport).

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.

Nordlys engineless cargo ship

The Nordlys, engineless cargo ship, is delivering your oil from Portugal to the south coast

We are offering 5l containers of olive oil from £50 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.

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Pre-buy discount prices – available until 30 September

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.

Please contact us about deliveries elsewhere.

Orders made after 2nd October will cost £55 per 5 litres to collect from the ship, £58.50 for bike courier delivery in Brighton & Hove or £59 for collection in Croydon or Hackney.

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We are also looking to establish our own cross-channel route between Shoreham/Chichester and Normandy/Brittany, working with Breton company Trans Oceanic Wind Transport (TOWT).

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