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by Nuvo Olive OIl

Olive Oil made in the USA

Some of the Best Olive Oils in the World are Produced in the USA

You probably have olive oil in your pantry from Greece, Italy, Spain, France, or Chile. But did you know that the United States also produces olive oil, especially from California?  The United States is considered the new kid on the block and giving the imported oils a run for their money!

There is a story our dad likes to tell others when he shows up at one of our Farmers’ Markets. Especially to people in his generation or to world-travelers.

“Have you ever been to Europe? Have you noticed how delicious the olive oil is there but when you come back home to the States you can’t find it anywhere?  And it used to be that way with wine, but we know we make world-class wine in California.  And now we know we make world-class olive oil in California too!”

To my surprise, the reaction is often a strong one, “Yes!  I know exactly what you mean, but I can’t find any good olive oil here in the States!”  I’ve even heard other people from his generation tell me the same story almost verbatim and with the same verve albeit with a tinge of regret and loss for their inability to find comparable olive oil here in their hometown.

Of course, Nuvo attends Farmers’ Markets to share the good news about real olive oil right here in our backyard.  What is somewhat disheartening is the mindset that we constantly have to redoubt.  It’s a mentality that says, “Europe is a producer of fine, artisanal crafts of which we have zero knowledge.” 

Did you know that we have even more knowledge than Europeans when it comes to certain products, olive oil in particular?

There’s a bumper sticker that reads, “if you’re lucky enough to live by the beach, you’re lucky enough.”  If you live in California, you’re lucky enough. 

Olive trees have an incredible ability to adapt to a variety of climates.  Although they are semi-deciduous, they can grow even without water. 

However, the happiest olive trees need a subtropical climate and do best with mild winters and long, warm, and dry summers. They are sensitive to the hard freezing environment, and the temperature needs to drop below 54F to send a message to the tree that they should go dormant and begin gearing up for flowering season. 

sacramento olives

This is one of the reasons why 99% of the olive production in the United States happens in California.

This is also why the majority of the International Award Winning Olive Oils from California come out of the Sacramento Valley – it’s the same climate as in the Mediterranean. Check out our gold winner Early Harvest 2017 EVOO.

So wait, if California shares the same climate as those incredible olive and wine producing nations in Europe can’t we make equally good olive oil? 

Answer:  Yes, we can and even better than ever before.

The United States fosters an incredible place to mash ideas together, so new concepts, methods, and technologies can arise. With our shared knowledge we are able to create something amazingly new and better. 

If you live in California, please buy local.  Buy California.

See you at the Farmers’ Market!

Josh

 

 




Nuvo Olive OIl
Nuvo Olive OIl

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Two brothers, Josh and Nate, fought hard to keep their 125-year-old and family owned olive orchard. After succeeding, they worked relentlessly to learn the business as well as being great stewards of Mother Earth by taking great care of their trees. This paid off, as the olives are giving back and each bottle the brothers produced has won an international award. The latest is a GOLD AWARD at the 2018 NYIOOC (largest olive oil competition in the world) for their Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Both brothers are highly committed to bringing you the very best, all 100% natural olive oils from farm to your table - all made right here in the USA.



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