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Olive Oils: Original and Organic

This summer’s olive oil from Oliviers and Co, organic Pago de Penarrubia from Spain. Press hand-out via The Gourmet Gazette Photo ©Jean-Claude Amiel courtesy Oliviers & Co

Olive oil comes to us straight out of Antiquity and probably before. Cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who planted olive groves in all of their colonies, olive oil was not only consumed by the ancients, but used as a source of energy to light lamps and for rituals to the divinities in temples. 

Organic extra virgin olive oil is on the agenda at Oliviers & Co, the French house devoted to scouring out the finest of olive oils in the Mediterranean region. For the sunny summer season the house has just brought out a delicious summer olive oil from Spain, an aromatic Italian olive oil, organic olive oils from France and Italy emanating from special harvests and a delightful black olive spread. All original and organic creations from the company that was founded in and is based in Mane, France in Provence.

Aromatic Italian organic olive oil flavored with fresh oranges. Press hand-out via The Gourmet Gazette Photo ©Jean-Claude Amiel courtesy Oliviers & Co

The region of Castilla la Mancha in Spain is where Juan Olivares Fernandez produces his unctuous olive oil. He is the third generation to do so and his centuries-old trees produce the finest of Arbequina olives which produce a sweet highly aromatic oil which are used in the production of the Organic Pago de Penarrubia olive oil. This year the house of Oliviers & Co has created an organic aromatic olive oil. The olives, harvested in the Puglia region of Italy are crushed simultaneously with fresh oranges offering up a highly original and aromatic oil. 

Oliviers & Co’s new special reserve virgin olive oil from Italy. Press hand-out via The Gourmet Gazette Photo ©Jean-Claude Amiel courtesy Oliviers & Co

This year’s Récoltes Réservées or special reserve harvests,  from the house were carefully selected for their authentic savors and the good earth where they were born. Mas de Panisse organic French olive oil is made with a blend of Koroneiki, Arbequina and Sikitita olives grown in Provence in Tarascon where Antoine Foron produces his olive oils. The Agresti harvested oil emerges from Italy and is made with 100% Coratina olives by Savino Agresti in Andria in the Puglia region of Italy.

Cocktail time with Oliviers and Co’s olive spreads enjoyed with refreshing rosé wine. Press hand-out via The Gourmet Gazette Photo ©Jean-Claude Amiel courtesy Oliviers & Co

This year’s special treat is a special olive spread made from Tanche olives from the Baronnies in Provence. The olives are pitted and ground into a paste with organic thyme, a little vinegar and pepper. ©The Gourmet Gazette

Tasty organic olive paste made with black Tanche olives from Provence. Press hand-out via The Gourmet Gazette Photo ©Jean-Claude Amiel courtesy Oliviers & Co

Oliviers & Co

Paris

28 rue de Buci 6th arrondissement 

+ 33 (0)1 44 07 15 43

New York

249 Bleeker Street, Greenwich Village

+1 212 973-1472

http://www.oliviers-co.com

You might want to visit an olive museum like the one in the beautiful French town of Nyons, a sun-drenched spot blessed with a Mediterranean climate and known for its fine olives and olive oil. 

Olive Museum

Musée de l’Olivier

Place Olivier-de-Serres

26110 Nyons,France

+33 (0) 4 75 26 12 12

©The Gourmet Gazette

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