100 % NZ Extra Virgin Olive Oil hand-picked by family and pressed locally.
Pukininny Olives is a boutique olive grove situated in sunny Mangonui in the Far North, an area well known for the growing and production of high quality olive oils. We are a family business and pride ourselves on growing healthy trees in order to produce high quality oil.
Pukininny Olives grow three varieties:
VERDALE J5 - a cultivar possibly originating from the South of France. In circa 1893 the original trees were brought to the Far North by Frank Lisle and planted at Whangape. In the early 1900's hybrids of these trees were produced locally and the J5 hybrid, which is accredited to Milton Johnson, is only grown in the Northland regions of NZ. The olives produce an oil renowned for it's distinctive full flavour appreciated by the European palette.
FRANTOIO - originating from Tuscany this oil is buttery and smooth to the taste and is considered to be a premier tree for producing Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).
LECCINO - originating from Tuscany the tree produces full bodied olives which produce a high ratio of oil that is mildly fruity and delicate.
Most of our customers ask us: "what's with the name?" or "what does your name mean?". Well, when grandson No 1 started to talk he called grandad Keith 'Puki' and the name has stuck. When grandson No 2 started talking he call Grandma Barb 'Ninny'. That name also stuck, so we decided that Pukininny Olives had to be the name of our grove. Although unusual, we love it.......