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New York International Olive Oil Competition

Last week, the results of the first annual New York International Olive Oil Competition were announced. Producers from around the world were invited to submit their 2012 harvest EVOO and more than 700 answered the call. The judging panel was also made up of international experts with the chief judge being the most renowned, passionate and principled olive oil taster (and also the guru of The Olive Oil Merchant), Gino Celletti. [Note: For those that are interested in really understanding olive oil, I encourage you to preview his recently published book here.] Read more

The World’s Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Like everything else, Extra Virgin Olive Oil has its own version of the Academy Awards.
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The Real “Olio Novello” of Italy

It is harvest time in the northern hemisphere. What that means is in Italy from north to south, the picking and pressing has started. For us in Canada and the US, for the most part, it means waiting another few months for the product to make its way to our shores.

Not being a very patient crew, this year the anticipation was too much so we called our friends at Frantoio Franci in Tuscany and begged, pleaded and groveled. The result was better than we could have dreamed. Read more

Chocolate Chip EVOO Banana Muffins

Looking for the perfect accompaniment for your cuppa tea on a frosty fall day? Take out some of the guilt with these butter-free, banana-full muffins. Add in the fact that you can whip these up in less than half an hour including baking time… and you are golden.
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Ask 7 Questions

You know the name of your favourite wine (or beer) of course. And surely you know what grapes it is made of. Likely you know who the winery proprietor is and even who the winemaker is. Some of you might even know a bit about the winery history and story. But your favourite olive oil? Hmmmm. Read more

February means…

February…

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it means love, it means romance and Valentine’s Day

it comes from the Latin word meaning purification

it means it’s almost spring

and this year it also means 29 days.

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Why we don’t sell flavoured oils.

Not a week goes by without someone asking me about flavoured olive oils. Do we sell them? When will we sell them? Why don’t we sell them? The short answers to those questions are: No. Never. We care about your health. And now for the long answer…. Read more