+ Luna Solai cold-pressed walnut oil and Agricola’s Sibiu Salami, among the most appreciated products
Cluj-based Taf Presoil’s ‘Luna Solai’ cold-pressed walnut oil received the Superior Taste Award from the Brussels-based International Taste and Quality Institute. Another 10 Romanian food products received the same award, from among the more than 1,300 products that took part in the competition.
At the 2016 edition, Romania was represented by 11 products, all winning 2 or 3 golden stars, out of a maximum of 3 available. Luna Solai cold-pressed walnut oil won 2 stars, Agricola’s ‘Puiul Fericit’ won 2 stars, Natural Gold Water’s AUR’A won 3 stars, Bergenbier ALE won 2 stars, Painea lui Manole won 2 stars, Wembley Dry Gin won 3 stars, Trutta Dux (smoked trout pie) won 2 stars, Agricola’s Sibiu Salami won 2 stars, Dachim’s Elixir (cold-pressed rapeseed oil) and soy oil won 2 stars each.
Over 1,360 products from all continents took part in the competition.
The Superior Test Award is a unique international award based on blind testing (the identity of the product tested is not known) carried out by Michelin-star chefs, experts in taste and quality and opinion leaders from 15 states.
According to the producer, the ‘Luna Solai’ brand brings together a premium collection of cold-pressed oils that combine taste and health in a modern form based on experience and tradition in cold-pressing. The story started in 1998, in the household of the Tulais, in Luna, a village located on the Transylvanian plain, village in which the tradition of pressing sunflower seeds has had a long tradition. Luna Solai was born in 2012, and the range of products currently consists of oils obtained by cold-pressing sunflower, pumpkin, flax, walnut and rape seeds, but also product versions infused with thyme, basil, red pepper and pepper aroma.
Sonimpex Topoloveni’s plum marmalade and fruit comfitures were among the traditional Romanian food products that constantly won the Superior Taste Award in previous years.