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February Newsletter

Happy Valentine’s Day from Casale 3 Danesi! We are preparing to send out our fresh, new bottles of olive oil this week. This month is also the great tradition of Carnival in Viareggio, a celebration along the beachside of Versilia, Tuscany. This colorful parade full of marching bands, decorated masks, theatrical costumes, and huge paper-mâché floats fill the streets as well as music.
The start of Viareggio’s Carnival was on Feb. 24th 1873 as a parade for the wealthy middle-class, but changed when locals donned masks as a sign of protest against the high taxes of the time. It then became a success featuring now different characters such as celebrities, sports athletes, influencers, and political figures. 

Their harlequin mascot is also the official mask of the festival, Burlamacco. He wears a red&white patterned suit, bicorne and a black cape. Burlamacco is also always accompanied by his female companion ‘Ondina’ (Onda translates to wave in Italian, tying in his connection to the sea). This is considered to be one of Europe’s principal Carnival’s. You can begin the celebration at the ending of January all the way until the beginning of March.

Check out the links below for more information and about 2021 Viareggio’s Carnival which, for the first time, will be celebrated in Autumn!

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Tasting for Better Extra- Virgin Olive Oil

Chief creative officer of ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ Jack Bishop teaches you in this video a great method of olive oil tasting. As he notes the essentials of having the best extra virgin oil are how long it takes from harvest to bottle, the coloring of the bottle, and single sourcing.
3 Danesi’s cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil checks all those boxes! Once we complete the harvest we bring the olives to the mill within 4 hours. We only use green glass bottles and our olives are single sourced from our own farm in Tuscany. The harvest is in late October/early November, which is early gathering. Our olive oil is beautifully green and fresh on the tongue. It taste like olives and has strong notes of artichokes with a lingering peppery aftertaste.
Source: YouTube – America’s Test Kitchen

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January Newsletter

January is a quiet month at Casale 3 Danesi. We are cleaning after a successful olive harvest 2020, meaning light pruning of our olive grove and its trees.

We are also prepping for the upcoming season and getting ready to enter the LA International Olive Oil Competition fingers crossed…. We are very pleased with the 2020 harvest!

This is also a month to harvest our blood oranges and lemons in abundance at the farm. Lemoncello is a must.

La Befana is an important holiday in Italy, celebrated on the 6th of January.

Please see the details below.

In Italy the Epiphany celebration is a national holiday that is celebrated on January 6. The Feast of the Epiphany traditionally commemorates when The Magi, known as The Three Wise Men or The Three Kings, visited Jesus. As the story goes The Three Wise Men visited Jesus in the manger bringing with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition.

The date falls 12 days after Christmas. In Italy the Christmas holiday season lasts through the Epiphany celebration. Gifts are exchanged on this day making it like an American Christmas holidays.The Epiphany for children includes the Italian Christmas witch La Befana.  The Befana, a character of the Italian folklore probably originated in central Italy. Since then it has become a nation-wide tradition. La Befana is an old woman who flies on a broomstick wearing a black shawl. She looks like a witch. La Befana delivers candies, sweets and little gifts to children throughout Italy on the night of January 5 in a similar way to Santa Claus. And the Befana’s headquarter in Rome will be Piazza Navona market with dozens of food and gift stalls and the traditional merry-go-round.

This religious feast brings a perfect fulfillment of all the purposes of Advent. Epiphany, therefore, marks the liturgical zenith of the Advent-Christmas season. Three mysteries are encompassed in the Epiphany celebration: the adoration of the Christ Child by the Magi, the Baptism of Christ and the wedding feast at Cana.

In Italy it is customary to replace the images of the shepherds at the crib with the three kings and their gifts. Being the Epiphany, a very important Catholic holiday, Rome is an ideal place to celebrate

Every year the most popular Epiphany celebration event is at the Vatican. The historical parade with hundreds of participants with ancient costumes and 20 decorated horses accompanied by a musical band and the main Italian character of Epiphany, the Befana, will pass through via della Conciliazione, following the Three Kings. They carry gifts to the Vatican for the Pope.

At the Vatican the Pope says morning mass to commemorate the visit of the Wise Men bearing gifts for Jesus.

Epiphany Celebrations Around Italy

Urbania in the Le Marche region holds a 4-day festival for La Befana from January 2-6. Children can meet La Befana in La Casa della Befana. This is one of the biggest celebrations for La Befana in Italy.

Venice in the Veneto region on January 6 is the location of Regatta delle Bafane. Men dressed as La Befana race in boats on the Grand Canal.Florence in the region of Tuscany is the Calvacata dei Magi. This procession usually starts from Pitti Palace in the early afternoon and going across the river to the Duomo. Horns and drums fill the street. The Three Magi march followed by the Holy Family, then comes the bagpipes. Flag throwers perform in Piazza della Signoria.

Milan in the region of Lombardy holds an Epiphany Parade of the Three Kings from the Duomo to the church of Sant’Eustorgio.

Rivisondoli, in the Abruzzo region celebrates the Epiphany on January 5 with a reenactment of the arrival of the Three Kings. Hundreds of participants wear costumes and parade to recreate the historic day.


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Introduction to Casale 3 Danesi

We are a family run and owned business, consisting of 3 Danes: Henrik &
Gioanna (husband and wife) and our daughter, Helena.
Originally from Denmark, but having lived in the USA for many years we
decided to follow our hearts and dreams pursuing a healthier lifestyle.
Having found that in “La Bella Toscana” and our rustic Tuscan farmhouse and
land, dating back to 1790, we would like to share our concept and home grown
products with you.
We took over the farm in October 2012. Currently our farm produces extra
virgin olive oil and has done so for more than 50 years. We have 250 olive
trees, some older and some newer and have just planted an additional 200
trees for the future. Frantoio, Leccino, Moraiolo and Pendolino are the
species of olives we grow and from which we proudly produce our 3 Danesi
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We proudly present our oil, consisting of 80%
Frantoio, 10% Leccino, and a combined 10% of Moraiolo and Pendolino. In
2014 we were awarded a Gold metal for our extra virgin olive oil at the NY
International Olive Oil Competition.
We protect the environment and solely use organic practices. No pesticides
are used by us. Our olives are hand selected and picked with care during the
month of October. Once picked, the olives are daily brought to our local olive
mill and pressed right away to ensure the optimal flavor and preserve the
olive oil.
In addition to olive oil production we have fruit orchard of many different
species: pears, apples, cherries, pomegranates, figs, almonds, hazelnuts,
plums, peaches, apricots, oranges to name a few. We preserve our fruits and
can offer you homemade marmalade and jam and fruit juices.
We have planted a sangiovese vineyard 2 years ago and plan to expand
further into wine production, though mostly for local use. Having completed
the renovation of the old stables at the farm, we and have designed a rustic
wine and olive oil tasting room for visitors.

We just completed our first year of having an organic vegetable garden and
strive to become self-sufficient very soon. In addition, we can offer an
array of herbs from our property: rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, wild fennel,
wild mountain mint and lavender to name a few. This past year we have added
a hen house with a hen and a rooster to provide organic eggs and natural
fertilizers to our grounds.
For the past year we have been producing herbal teas, using own herbs, such
as wild mint, orange and mandarin peal, rose petals, lemon verbena and Linden
flower and dried mountain blueberries. Our teas are available either as
green teas or mixed with black teas upon request.
We are proud to introduce our Tuscan herbal salts, now available for grilling
and cooking in the following flavors: Wild fennel salt, rosemary salt, rose
petal salt, and bay leaf salt. For baking we can recommend our lavender
On our property we also house bees for honey production, utilizing our
flowers on the farm throughout the season. Acacia honey, Mille Fiori and
chestnut honey is part of what we can currently offer you.
Stay tuned for more exciting homemade products directly from our Farm to
your table in the near future!