Olive Oil 101: What You Need to Know

Despite being a common kitchen staple, there is a lot to know about extra virgin olive oil! The process of growing olives and milling them into oil has developed over many years, and has been adapted to a number of growing regions. Here is some of the basic, need-to-know information about extra virgin olive oil, … 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

The Everyday Superfood to Add to Your Routine

In the first days of a new year, many of us resolve to make changes to our daily habits in order to be healthier. But let’s be real, we really love cooking and eating delicious food. The good news? The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive! And the great news? There’s one superfood you … 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

California Olive Ranch Olive Harvest Begins; How We Know When to Start

Let the fall olive harvest begin! Trucks are delivering freshly picked olives to our mill here in northern California.  The milling team and I are then crushing them into extra virgin olive oil. Over the next several weeks, our field crews will gather olives from trees planted across some 15,000 acres in northern California. This … Read more

Summer Ranch Update: Keeping an Eye On the Hardening of the Olive Pits

Summer has arrived at the ranch, and the warm weather continues here in northern California. Our ranchers are busy monitoring the olive trees to ensure they’ve got adequate water. I asked one of our ranchers, Brian Mori, to give us a ranch update, which you can read below. Brian works with our family farmers, or … Read more

Olive Oil Primer: What is the Koroneiki Olive?

I like to rate the pungency of our extra virgin olive oils by how many times people cough when they swallow the oil during a tasting. I tell people our Koroneiki EVOO is a “two or three cougher.” It packs a deliciously robust flavor, and finishes with a pleasant, peppery zing in the throat. The … Read more

Grilling Tips Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Part II

I’ve been doing a lot of grilling this summer at home.  We’ve grilled everything from salmon and chicken to flank steak, filet mignon and, of course, burgers. The summer grilling season is in full swing with the approach of Labor Day. So we wanted to offer more grilling-related tips involving extra virgin olive oil. We … Read more

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