Lentisk oil, referred to as oll’e stincu in Sardinian, is an oil extracted from the berries of the lentisk plant, a spontaneous evergreen plant that grows in the Mediterranean shrubland with a resinous scent. The berries are hand-picked and then the leaves and racemes are removed. The ancient process involved boiling, filtering in jute or raw canvas bags and tapping, while the pressing is now done cold.
It was considered the oil of the poor and was used for frying, as a condiment and for making bread. It was also used as a therapeutic product and even for lighting.
Today, it has been rediscovered and is used to give new recipes an ancient flavour.