We now have the most amazing whole imported olives, sourced from our exclusive supplier, Veronica Foods. They are huge, tasty and mouth watering. Priced at just $9.95 for these beautiful jars. Great as gifts too.
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One of our customers was kind enough to share the following article with us about adulterated (fake) extra virgin olive oils. We posted such an article some time ago but it is aways good to remind ourselves of this issue. Let me reiterated that we are blessed to be an independent distributor for Veronica Foods/Delizia, one of the most reputable olive oil distributors in the USA. They have been in this business for over 65 years and have been true crusaders in the olive oil industry, striving to put a stop to the adulterated olive oils that are imported into this country as well as setting the highest standards and educational programs for this industry. Veronica Foods imports olive oil from all over the world, as well as own olive oil mills and groves in Tunisia. They are very particular in choosing producers and stores to be a part of their network. They conduct extensive laboratory testing of the oils they buy from producers.
FAKE Olive Oil is Literally Everywhere! How To Know Whether It Is Fake Or Original Olive Oil?
What are the health benefits of olive oil?
Olive oil, being a part of the Mediterranean diet, and used a thousand years ago by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is trusted a lot for its health benefits. Monosaturated fatty acids as its most important ingredient provide incomparable benefits to the heart and to other parts of the body when consumed on regular basis.
A study proved that having regular Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with having other low fat diets. Olive oil is also said to be good for bone health, weight loss and brain health. It also relieves constipation and reduces oxidative stress.
What is good about its composition?
Olive oil is rich in mono saturated fatty acids which give less fat load to the body. It is also rich in phenolics, the acidic constituent which gives the oil its acidic and slightly bitter taste. It has ZERO CARBOHYDRATE and ZERO PROTEIN with only traces of saturated fat in it. It also has vitamin E and vitamin K which are good for the skin. The phenolic acids are very good for the heart.
What is extra virgin olive oil? Is there anything really extra virgin about it?
The term ‘virgin olive oil’ doesn’t describe its quality, and extra virgin olive oil doesn’t mean it is extra pure. The difference between the two is in the process of manufacturing. There are 4 grades of virgin olive oil. The lowest grade of virgin olive oil is used in soap making, and is not fit for consumption. The extra virgin olive oil is the highest grade of olive oil which is cold pressed, and is superior in taste and aroma. This is not heated beyond 86 degree Fahrenheit. (ATFAS: what this means is that "extra" is the first oil that is pressed from the olives and a cold pressed method is used to extract the oil. Producers then proceed to press the olives a 2nd and 3rd time and those products are simply labelled "virgin" ).
A lot of fake oil is being circulated, especially when it comes to extra virgin olive oil. The University of California conducted tests among many brands in the US that have a tag of extra virgin olive oil to them.The study came up with this devastating fact: 69% of extra virgin olive oil sold in the US stores is FAKE!!!
Next time you see the tag ‘extra virgin olive oil’, it should truly remind you to be extra cautious!
So, how do you actually know if it is fake olive oil or original olive oil you are buying? The tastes of the fake and original oils being similar, you need to find another way to differentiate between the fake and original olive oil.
What is FAKE olive oil and how prevalent is its circulation?
Fake olive oil can be simply a mixture of two oils, a maximal portion of oil such as sunflower oil added to a portion of pure olive oil, and can be tagged as extra virgin olive oil. It can be a substandard, a mixture of various olive oils that are not extra virgin. It can be simply a mixture of sunflower oil and soybean oil with the additives of beta carotene, and chlorophyll, labelled finally as extra virgin olive oil. Be cautious when you see the tags of extra virgin and extra pure.
The circulation of fake olive oil is so common that you find many famous brands advertising themselves as supplying THE HEALTHIEST OLIVE OIL, but actually supplying fake.
A study reported that many famous brands including : Bertolli, Carapelli, Colavita, Star, Pompeian. Eat Grown Local also reports: Filippo Berio, Mazzola, Mezzetta, Newman’s Own, Safeway, and Whole Foods are selling FAKE olive oil.
How to know if it is FAKE olive oil? What are the tests to help you differentiate fake olive oil from original olive oil?
Yes, after all this discussion, we have come to the most important question: How to tell if it is FAKE olive oil? Is it worth taking it if it isn’t? For the first question we’ll try to help you with some tips. As for the second, make up your mind yourself!
A simple test that can be done at home is to refrigerate the extra virgin olive oil. When it gets solidified, it means it has more mono saturated fats in it, but this still doesn’t rule out the presence of other oils like safflower oil or canola oil or any other adulterations in it.On the other hand, if it does not solidify, then it means it is not extra virgin olive oil at all!
Extra virgin olive oil is supposed to keep the oil lamp flammable. Again, it is not a very precise test. If the oil doesn’t light the oil lamp for a long time, it definitely is not extra virgin olive oil.
Taste, refrigerator test or lamp test are not very reliable ways to find out the truth about your olive oil.
The best alternative is to buy olive oil from reputable suppliers.
Look for Certification
Your best guarantee that you are actually getting a high quality olive oil is to look for third party certification. The California Olive Oil Council and the Australian Olive Association both have stringent certification programs that make their seals trustworthy.
When buying olive oil produced or packaged in Italy, look for PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) seals. Finally, the ‘TAKE HOME’ message we give you is to be extra cautious and choosy next time you buy extra virgin olive oil!
ATFAS Note: In addition to the above tests, one that is not mentioned is that reputable suppliers will always provide you with the "crush date" for that particular batch of extra virgin olive oil.
During our supplier's extensive, almost decade long search for a maker of superlative table olives, they received and sampled hundreds, if not thousands of olive samples from across the globe. And during every trip that they made each year to visit their olive oil producer partners in both hemispheres of the world, they continued to search for the highest quality olives.
Today, we’re proud to announce our supplier's exclusive partnership with a third generation, family owned and operated Spanish table olive producer that shares our vision for the strictest quality criteria. This producer selects and cures only the finest quality, handpicked, early harvest olives from the south and south-east of Spain. Their family recipe for low salt brines coupled with triple wash and soak methods results in olives that are not only lower in salt content but also naturally crunchy with a clean savory flavor and meaty texture.
Most of the products in our new olive collection are comprised of the rare Gordal olive. These olives are massive. In fact, the name “Gordal” literally translates to “the fat one” in Spanish. The Gordal’s low oil content, firm, meaty texture, and mild savory flavor make it a true rare delicacy among table olives. Our product is handpicked and stuffed in Spain, and always represents the current crop.
We recommend serving these olives chilled, straight from the refrigerator, and encourage our customers to come in and freely sample them. They are incredibly delicious and will sell themselves once you sample them. Our preliminary prices range from $8.50 to $9.50 per jar. The jars are large at 20 oz. Descriptions of the 9 varieties our suppliers are currently offering are as follows:
Manzanillo Olives with Rosemary and Garlic: Sweet garlic cloves and fresh rosemary delight but do not overwhelm the savory flavor of these meaty, firm Manzanillo olives.
Spanish Sweet Pickled Garlic: Spanish Sweet Pickled Garlic is mild, sweet and snack-able. If you’ve ever had the desire to eat an entire head of garlic in one sitting, this is the way to go. Great with poultry dishes, salads, antipasto platters, roasted meats or grilled veggies.
Whole Gordal Olives with Pits: Gordal With Pits have an even firmer texture. Their low oil content, meatiness, and mild savory flavor make them a true, rare delicacy among table olives.
La Abuela Mix ( translates to: Grandmother’s Recipe): Julienne cut Spanish onions, savory herbs, and sweet Spanish garlic form a zesty marinade for meaty Gordal olives in this uniquely satisfying mix.
Manzanillo Stuffed with Spanish Almonds: Crunchy Spanish almonds are hand stuffed into firm, meaty Manzanillo olives. Insanely delicious!!!
Gordal Stuffed with Sweet Spanish Garlic: Meaty Gordal are hand stuffed with sweet Spanish Garlic cloves. This zesty-savory combination is a real crowd pleaser!
Spicy Garlic & Red Piri-Piri Chili Stuffed Gordal: Meaty Gordal olives are hand stuffed with spicy red Spanish Piri-Piri chilies and sweet Spanish garlic. Caution!!! Very hot!!!
Spicy Green Piri-Piri Chili Stuffed Gordal: Medium-hot green Piri-Piri chilies are hand stuffed into meaty, savory Gordal olives. Caution!!! Medium-Spicy!!
Medium Spicy Banderillas Picantes: This classic Spanish olive/pickle typically served as tapas includes small Spanish pearl onions, firm meaty Manzanillo olives, spicy red Piri-Piri chilies, medium-hot green Piri-Piri chilies, and tiny crunchy Gherkin pickles.
Here at A Thyme For All Seasonings we will be carrying the following olives: (Please note that we will hold off on ordering the hot, spicy olives until we hear from you, our customer, that you are interested in them).
1. Manzanillo with Rosemary and Garlic
2. Spanish Sweet Pickled Garlic
3. Whole Gorbal With Pits
4. La Abuela
5. Manzanillo Stuffed with Spanish Almonds
6. Gorbal Stuffed with Sweet Spanish Garlic
Thank you for a great year!
As the year 2015 comes to a close, we want to thank you for choosing A Thyme For All Seasonings as your partner in living a healthier lifestyle.
In 2015 we worked hard to dramatically improve our product offerings, moved to our new location in the back building of our old location which gave us more flexibility and service options, and did all this while providing friendly, informative service. We are so happy to serve such gracious customers. We have exciting plans ahead for this new year, 2016, which we cannot wait to implement, such as our new kitchen which will allow us to have cooking classes and better Tasting Parties.
Best wishes to you and yours for a safe, happy and healthy New Year!
Dawn Palmer, Owner
Busi Moyo, Assistant
A Thyme For All Seasonings
Here is a wonderful article with great info about the health benefits of including olive oils in our diet. Just click on the link.
Olive Oil's Synergistic Role in the Mediterranean Diet Explained
Posted: 19 Aug 2014 01:03 PM PDT
Exactly why is the Mediterranean Diet is so healthy? Link:
The farmers market season will be starting soon, June 7, 2014!!!! How time flies! We will not be at the Columbus downtown market this year …… we have been told, after being there for 3 years, that our wonderful all natural balsamic vinegars and fabulous premium, world class extra virgin olive oils do not meet the criteria for the market. Really? Oh well! So we thought it would be a good idea to just take our hot sauces, spices & herbal products and maybe throw down some great BBQ using our spices and BBQ rubs, but that did not work out either. So guess what? While we will miss seeing everyone at the downtown market, we have moved our booth to the 2nd farmers market in Columbus, The Columbus City Farmers Market, located at Fair Oaks Mall every Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:30pm, June 7th through the end of September. The store itself will also be open on Saturdays. So when you decide to step out on Saturday mornings and pick up some produce and other food items at the farmers market check us out at Fair Oaks Mall!!!!! You'll love the down home vibe of all the wonderful vendors ….. we already do! See you there!
You asked for it, you got it! Our customers have been asking for quality, premium olives and we now have a fine selection of them. Check out our newly added olives section that details the types of olives we are carrying. We can also custom order any type we currently do not carry from our wholesale supplier (takes an average of 3 days to get an order in).
Well, we are at it again! We have become doTERRA consultants which gives us access to the doTERRA essential oils product line. Additionally, we have decided to provide custom essential oils to meet the needs of our customers so that we can address whatever your needs.
New - Chili Con Carne, Texas Smoked Turkey Rub, Cajun Turkey Rub, Venison blends, Salmon Delight, Crazy About Salmon
Chili Con Carne - If you are like me, you love a good chili con carne meal in the fall and winter months. So we developed a spice blend to make your chili con carne delicious every time you make it.
Salmon Delight - This blend is a true delight. It is a bit sweet with hints of citrus and anise that takes the flavor over the top …. for those who love unique fish seasonings, you'll love this blend.
Crazy About Salmon - This blend has a hint of smoky sweetness, with a little bit of background heat. Absolutely delicious.
Texas Turkey Rub - Break away from your usual traditions and experience a flavorful change of pace in the cooking of your turkey or any poultry. Smoked turkey will be even more tender than oven roasted (some say). Just keep the turkey moist while smoking and mop with a mixture of 1/2 cup butter, 1 tblsp apple juice, 1 tblsp rub. Then sit back and enjoy.
Cajun Turkey rub - If you are tired of the same old turkey and stuffing recipes then try our Cajun rub which has a more modern and unexpected explosion of flavor. This blend will knock your socks off!
2 Venison Blends - For deer meat lovers we have created two perfect blends to season your venison.