2020 Harvest

How was the 2020 Harvest?  Our 2020 Harvest was great! While it was smaller than our 2019 harvest, we were able to produce really high quality extra virgin olive oil. Why was it smaller than the 2019 harvest? Olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that we will have a big yield one year followed … Read more

How It’s Made

We pride ourselves for making high quality, affordable extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oils are very different from refined grades of olive oil – such as “light” or “pure” oils – which are made using excessive heat or chemicals which alter the taste and quality of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil, by … Read more

Environmental Sustainability at California Olive Ranch

REDUCED WATER USAGE The hardy, desert dwelling olive tree makes olives the most water efficient, low input crop to grow. Using this to our advantage, California Olive Ranch’s olive trees are on 100% drip irrigation, which increases water usage efficiency and allows less water to evaporate. The soil’s moisture content is managed in real time … Read more

Harvesting Methods

We are proud to be part of a California legacy dating back 300 years to the Spanish who brought the first olive trees to California. We’re building on that rich heritage and California history by using the latest methods in olive cultivating and collecting. The key to making high-quality olive begins in knowing the right … Read more

Growing Regions

The olive tree, Olea Europa, is native to the Mediterranean basin, originating in ancient Greece. Historically, olive oil has been used for religious rituals, medicines, as a fuel in oil lamps, soap-making, and body care. As one of the oldest and most important domesticated crops raised by humans, the olive tree has diverged naturally and spread around … Read more

Our Destination Series Global Partners

A few weeks ago, we announced our new suite of products, called Destination Series. (If you missed it, find the full post here.) This new line features California extra virgin olive oil in partnership with hand-selected farms in Argentina, Portugal and Chile. We are collaborating with these select global partners because we know we are … Read more

Why This Year’s Limited Reserve is a Must-Try

While much of what we do at California Olive Ranch is the result of innovating new processes, we follow traditional methods in a few cases. One of which is Olio Nuovo, or “new oil,” an Italian culinary tradition that is hundreds of years old. The name refers to the best and freshest unfiltered oil made … Read more

From Fruity to Robust, the Olive Varietals We Grow

To many, olives fall into one of two categories – green or black. In fact, there are hundreds of varietals of olives. And, little known fact: all olives will generally first appear on the tree as green, and turn a darker purple as they ripen and mature. While some olives are grown to be cured and served … Read more


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