On a weekend outing recently I had the honor to meet an inspiring , charming Greek man whose family owns olive groves in Greece.
The family produces some of the best olive oil I have ever tasted. Pure, green, fruity, this oil is unlike anything you have ever tried.
The oil is extra virgin, undiluted. This means this oil is from the first cold pressing of ripe olives. The category of extra virgin olive oil is required to have an acidity of .o8%. Theros Undiluted Extra Virgin Olive Oil is .045%.
If you are lucky, you will get a bit of the denser oil that filters to the bottom of the barrels. There is a very small amount of this because most of the oil is drained off and bottled in the clear state. Because the oil is undiluted, more of the ‘solids’ will fall to the bottom of your bottle. Shake it up if you like or save it for an ultimate treat near the end of your oil.
Theros also produces and sells unfiltered olive oil.
When we were children, we lived in Seville, Spain for a few years. My mom would slather us kids in olive oil and tell us to go play outside for a while. After we would come in, bathe and go to bed. Our skin and hair were so smooth and lovely. I remember the distinct aroma of the rich olive oil on my skin. I loved it.
When I smelled Theros oil, my memories of Spain came flooding back, the rich ripe aroma of olive oil. I wanted to slather it and go play. Amazing, we were brown as berries but we never worried about sunscreen then, and didn’t get sunburned. Mostly anyway.
The trend lately is to know where your food comes from, buying local, sustainable, etc. I find it limiting to say “we only use food from 100 miles of where we are.”
Why be so limited when the world has become so accessible?
Here is a way to extend the boundaries of local to include the world. In this case Greece. Who can say no to Greece?
Taken by Nick Fraser in 2005. The fruit of an Olive Tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Greek economy is in pretty bad shape now. In a small way, buying olive oil helps support the families who grow and harvest the olives. In small ways, each purchase can help the Greek economy. Small yes, but it is something.
By using our purchasing power, and choosing to buy authentic Greek olive oil, authentic Greek Feta cheese, and authentic Greek Yogurt is our own small ways we can contribute positively to support Greek economy so they can begin the recovery they need as the break away from the European Union and the Euro takes place. (In my opinion, it is a matter of when, not if.)
The Italians have had such a world-wide demand on their olive oil, most of what you find in common supermarkets can no longer be trusted to be quality olive oil of any grade.
Italy exports so much olive oil the country itself is left to buy olive oil from Spain and Greece to grace their tables. If you are buying olive oil in a market in the US, chances are rare you will see
Simple meze of feta cheese and olives: characteristic Greek flavours. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
olive oil from anywhere else but Italy.
However, with the olive oil awareness and a more sophisticated demand by consumers, your chances are improving that you will find other countries of origin.
A few days ago I tested this theory in my local grocery and was pleasantly surprised to find 1 brand of Greek olive oil and 1 brand of Spanish – the rest were Italian.
Greece is ranked second in the European Union for their production of olives – 147,500 tonnes in 2010. I do not know how much was pressed into varying grades of olive oil vs being brined to eat as olives.
It would be extremely interesting to take a sabbatical from work and go harvest olives in Greece, take the olives to be pressed and learn about brining olives to make them palatable. Then to France to harvest grapes.
What a fall that would be!
Give Away Time!
Theros Olive Oil has agreed to give away 6 bottles of
Theros Undiluted Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To win one here’s what you have to do:
- Follow Spoon Feast on WordPress
- Like Theros Olive oil on Face Book and check out the amazing photos of the process
- Leave a comment on their Facebook page about why you like olive oil and ways you use it
- Leave a comment on this Spoon Feast post about why you like olive oil and ways you use it
6 winners will be chosen based upon meeting all 4 criteria above.
We will choose the most creative and delicious ways you use olive oil.
Winners will be chosen by a panel of Spoon Feast advisers.
All domestic and international shipping arrangements will be made directly with Theros Olive Oil.
You will have until Friday, June 15th to participate!
Winners will be announced on Sunday, June 17th.
Treat yourself, Check out Theros Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil!
Olives in olive oil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)