Dolac Seller Explains Why Dalmatian Olive Oil is Better Than Istrian

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Photo: Slaven Branislav Babic/PIXSELL
Photo: Slaven Branislav Babic/PIXSELL

Spring has arrived at the Dolac market. The sellers’ stands are green with early spring crops and nothing is missing. Asparagus, bear onion, watercress, young spinach have arrived … Sardines have also returned to the fish market but at the new price of 30 kuna per kilo, which caused dissatisfaction among many because they are now ten kuna more expensive than last year.

Dalmatian Ivo Marić welcomed Večernji List at his stand. A few weeks ago he shared with the same Croatian media outlet his recipe for raštika in Dalmatia, which turned the Dolac seller into a real internet sensation. This time, he shared with them a simple recipe for vegetable soup, but also explained why Dalmatian olive oil is better than Istrian.

– ”This is a quick recipe for vegetable soup intended for ladies who are in a hurry and do not have time to cook, and want to eat healthily. You need one broccoli, two potatoes, kohlrabi, and carrots. Cut them into cubes, put to boil with a little salt pepper, and olive oil. When the vegetables soften, add the pasta and that’s it.”, he said. ”The secret of this soup is in quality olive oil. Without a good oil, there is nothing”, Marić pointed out.

– ”And which oil is better, Istrian or Dalmatian?”, a reporter from Večernji List asked the Dolac seller.

– ”They say it’s better in Istria, but they buy olives from Brač. Half a liter is a hundred kuna for them, but they buy olives from Brač. They say that the stronger the oil, the better, but the stronger it destroys the fish later. When it’s strong, it burns, coughs, and destroys the fish, even tourists don’t want it when it’s too fierce. They say oil with more acid is better. Old people in Dalmatia throw olives into the sea to kill the bitterness, now they say it’s not good. It seems that everything that is old is no longer valid, now everything is modern and mostly worse than before.”, Marić concluded.

When it comes to olive oil, Croatia is one of the leading countries in the industry. From Istria to Dalmatia, you can find all the information you need to know about the origins, processes, and where to buy Croatian olive oil on the Total Croatia page, now in your language!

For more on Croatian products, producers, companies, and exports, make sure to check out Made in Croatia.


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