Olive oil has been a staple of the Mediterranean diet for at least 4,000 years. Add to that wheat, for pasta, and grapes, for wine, and you have the three primary ingredients of the diet of Mediterranean societies of the ancient world.
Extracted from the fruit of olive trees, olive oil is found in the history of many religions and cultures. The Greeks anointed winning athletes with it. Citizens used olive oil as an ointment at the public baths. Franciscan monks, establishing missions in California, also planted olive groves. The olive branch came to symbolize peace, perhaps because it takes between five and ten years after planting for the tree to bear adequate fruit for harvesting for olive oil. An environment free from war allowed growers enough time to profit from the trees by supplying olives for making olive oil, which was in great demand.
Fast-forward to modern day, nearly 90% of olives worldwide are harvested for the production of olive oil. Adding olive oil to our daily diet is recommended because it contains monounsaturated fatty acids which is a healthier type of fat. It has been shown to reduce total and low-density lipoprotein ("LDL" or bad) while raising high-density lipoprotein, (HDL or good) cholesterol levels.
Our collection of gourmet, flavor infused olive oils make a great club for those that enjoy getting creative in the kitchen. Our olive of the month club offers delicious variations on the olive such as mesquite almond stuffed or citrus brined, and others. Green, black, stuffed, pitted ... what will your favorite olive be.