Difficult Harvest for Italian Olive in 2016

The 2016 olive harvest has been challenging in Italy. Ok, not quite as hard as the infamous annus horribilis of 2014, but quite difficult. Overall, Italy produced less EVOO in 2016 than in 2015 due to bad weather; quick changes in temperature, from hot to cold, and heavy rains are no good for growing olives….

The Olive Oil Fridge Test is Nonsense

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a super food essential. Not only does good EVOO have the power to make any dish amazingly tasty, study after study consistently confirms its superior health benefits. Sadly, around 70% of EVOO sold in the USA is counterfeit (cut with other vegetable, nut, and seed oils). With EVOO fraud becoming more public…

Abandoned Olive Trees

The rate at which Italian olive groves are being abandoned is rising. The fact is that many Italians are no longer bothering to tend to their olive trees. Why? Well, the problem is that no one can compete with industrial oil producers. Big olive oil companies, some of whom have questionable sourcing/production practices, are able to sell…

60 Minutes on Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fraud

Italian extra virgin olive oil fraud is going mainstream. We couldn’t be more relived. This week, CBS’s 60 Minutes headlined a story about the seriously damaging EVOO fraud issue affecting the USA. The segment features our EVOO hero Tom Mueller, who estimates that up to 80% of EVOO in the USA is fake. Here is the…

Help Save Made in Italy

Cari Amici, I want to take a moment away from holiday madness to talk about a very serious legal action up for debate tomorrow in Italy. The Italian government has proposed a law that would decriminalize the offense of counterfeiting Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which would have huge negative effects on Italian Extra Virgin…

Gustiamo on Camera Fighting Fake Olive Oil

Attention tutti! Put the popcorn in the microwave, grab a blanket, and sit back, relax and enjoy watching Farm to Table visits the Gustiamo Warehouse. After hearing about a UC Davis study that shows 70% of olive oil here in America isn’t authentic, Chef Jerry and Heather from Stone House stopped by our headquarters in the…

Nancy Harmon Jenkins: Virgin Territory

The latest masterpiece by Nancy Harmon Jenkins is out. Virgin Territory is the kind of book you can read cover to cover. It is full of recipes, stories, and information. This book reminds us that the base of Mediterranean cooking is extra virgin olive oil. Let me rephrase that: the base of Mediterranean cooking is GOOD extra virgin olive oil. The…

New Harvest 2014/15 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From north to south, 2014/15 New Harvest EVOOs are here. From near Genova, Benza is our most beautifully delicate olive oil of 2015, with aromas of pine nuts and very slight spiciness on the finish. From outside of Rome, Cru di Crues is our most green tasting EVOO, with aromas of herbs and a medium…

New Year, New Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They’re here!

From north to south, the 2014/15 Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is here.   Click here to read more about it in our newsletter; and to sign up for our newsletter type your email address into the white box at the top of this page and click submit (don’t forget to confirm your subscription!).

The Black Year of Italian Olive Oil

To say that the olive harvest in Italy this year was a “bad harvest” would be a great understatement. La Repubblica, one of the most influential Italian newspapers, has reported that overall, Italy is producing 37% less olives this year, with 45% less in the regions of Umbria and Tuscany. The fault is of the wacky…