Olive Harvest 2019/2020: a sneak peek

We’re just a couple of days into September, and we are already wondering what the new harvest olive oils will taste like. Technically, the official start of the olive harvest in Italy is scheduled for the end of this month. But depending on the season, each producer will make their way to the fields at different times,…

Extra Virgin Summer – Olive Oils

The EVOO for your Summer Recipes While talking with one of our NYC chef friends the other day, he mentioned that ever since he started using Gustiamo olive oil, he can’t stop noticing how much of a difference it makes. The overall taste and impact of his dishes have definitely improved, he told us. Good…

We Want You To Know Something About Our Olive Oil.

What should I use this oil for? We get this question almost every day. Variations on this question include: Is this oil for cooking? You wouldn’t waste this oil cooked in sauce, right? Would this be an oil more for finishing only?  Gustiamo olive oils are for EVERYTHING. We want you to know that ALL the oils…

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…