17 Jan

Which Olive Oil to Choose?

There are so many different brands and varieties of olive oil on the store shelves. Which one should I choose? –Malka There are three grades of olive oil generally available in North America — Extra-Virgin olive oil, Virgin olive oil, and just plain Olive Oil, with no other description. Each is distinguished by its processing […]

10 Jan

Olive oil has a fascinating past; healthy, delicious present

By Evie Barkin, The story of olives and olive oil is complex. The origin of olive oil is a mystery, but cultivated olives date back more than 6,000 years. Described as liquid gold by Homer, in ancient Greece, athletes rubbed it on their bodies. Olive oil has been more than just food to peoples of […]

08 Jan

The miracle of the olives

By Donald MacGillis, Before volunteering to help a relative or friend harvest olives in hilly Umbria, first-timers should visit the nearby Madonna dei Bagni church. Since the 17th century, its interior surfaces have been covered with hand-painted tiles offering thanks for recovery from accidents, often falls from ladders propped up against olive trees. Aside from […]

28 Dec

Tangy Olives Spread Goes Nicely With Sparkling Wine

by Andrea Clurfeld, Can you believe the amazing selection of olives we enjoy today at both area specialty markets and better supermarkets? It’s a brave new olive world in our area. I was at Dearborn Farms in Holmdel the other day and I couldn’t resist buying pounds and pounds of Greek, Italian and French olives […]

25 Dec

Olives by WHFoods

Olives Olives are harvested in September but available year round to make a zesty addition to salads, meat and poultry dishes and, of course, pizza. Olives cannot be eaten right off of the tree; they require special processing to reduce their intrinsic bitterness. These processing methods vary with the olive variety, region where they are […]