What Is ‘Healthy Fat’?

The benefits of fat-free diets have been debunked – recent research has revealed that when it comes to maintaining health, the type of fat consumed is much more impactful than the amount of fat. As many of you know, the nutritionist-backed Mediterranean Diet includes many foods with high levels of unsaturated fats, like nuts, fish, … Read more

3 Fresh Ideas for Thanksgiving Side Dishes

During this Autumn time of year, we at California Olive Ranch craft a special, limited edition extra virgin olive oil called Limited Reserve. This oil is different each year featuring our most unique oil produced during harvest. What makes this oil the most special, however, is the fact that it is bottled fresh after milling. While … Read more

Updates from the Ranch | Spring Bloom

Spring bloom is underway! While olive trees are beautiful throughout the year, they are truly breathtaking during the spring months. Like any other fruit-bearing plant, olive trees are governed by the shifts in the seasons. Warmer weather and longer days trigger the trees to begin to bud and eventually blossom. At this time of year, our orchard teams … Read more

5 Recipes for a Festive Spread of Holiday Appetizers

Holiday appetizers don’t have to be complicated to be impressively full of flavor! These recipes all either have components that can be made ahead or will last for a few days, so feel free to make a big batch and have these snacks on hand for last minute guests and cocktail parties. Warm olives and spiced nuts … Read more

What is Olio Nuovo Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

I recently woke from a sound sleep at 6 a.m. when my cell phone rang. I’m typically up much earlier than that to get ready for the drive to our company headquarters. But on this particular morning, I happened to be in a hotel room in Oroville getting a bit more shut-eye than usual. (I’d … Read more

Olive Oil Cruets | California Olive Ranch | Drizzling & Serving EVOO

An interesting e-mail recently landed in my Inbox. It was from Chef Trey Foshee of Georges at the Cove restaurant, in La Jolla: “Hey Claude,” he wrote. “We are trying to find an elegant olive oil cruet to have on our tables. Have you run across anything? All I can find are hokey ones.” Cruets … Read more

What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil? I’m still savoring the fresh flavors of the meal Chef Trey Foshee created in March using our extra virgin olive oils (EVOO). Afterward, we asked Foshee – executive chef at Georges at the Cove in La Jolla – what topics he’d like to see us cover here. Define extra … Read more

What is “a Drizzle of Olive Oil?”

People often ask, “What exactly does it mean when a recipe calls for ‘a drizzle of olive oil?” Well, the truth is, it depends on who you ask! Still, we set out to determine how much oil is in “a drizzle.” We plugged the phrase into Internet search engines. Here’s what we got back: images … Read more

Tasting Extra Virgin Olive Oil

An olive oil tasting – like a wine tasting – lets you understand the oil’s aroma, flavor and peppery quality, or pungency. Those features form the core attributes of true extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). A tasting can also help you gauge defects – such as mustiness – found in lesser quality oils. At California … Read more

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