About 15 years ago on the Eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives,
Abu Ibrahim, the founder and owner of the Mount of Olives Hotel, planted over
300 olive trees on land he inherited from his Great Grandfather. The young trees
have grown into a beautiful grove that produce high quality olive oil.
Unfortunately though, a good harvest occurs only every other year. Many visitors
have requested small samples of our oil for spiritual purposes. At the moment,
we do not sell Mount of Olives oil but may soon market Bethlehem area oils
instead which are available in abundant supply. Until that day arrives, we would
like to take you on a cyber-tour of Gourmet Olive Stores around the world. If
you love olives like we do, then we are certain you will enjoy taking a peek at
some of the offerings available below:
All of our olives, except for the Kalamatas and Anchovy, are grown
in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys in California. Our olives are
harvested by hand. The Sevillano variety olives are harvested in the autumn and
fermented in brine (salt and water) for up to six months. We believe that this
is the largest and best variety for brine-cured eating olives.
At the Adams Ranch, they consider it their number one goal to
provide a quality gourmet product that maintains the integrity of doing things
in an all natural down home kind of way. As third generation olive growers,
they are able to bring to your table products that not only exemplify all
natural growing and curing, but products that taste great as well. Go ahead and
browse around for a while. They can almost guarantee you'll find something that
tickle your taste buds . . . . . . . If you don't, Then nothing will.
An original "patent grant" property signed over by
President Ulysses S. Grant to E.J. Church in 1872. Having been home to a
variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and
prosper through careful restoration of the olive groves, new vineyard plantings,
wine and olive oil making, Appaloosa horse breeding, organic vegetable gardens
and egg-producing poultry flock.
Italy - Since the time of ancient Rome, Trebula Mutusca (now
Montleone Sabino) produced an olive oil so excellent to be sung Vergil in his
Aeneid: "Una ingens Amiterna cohors priscique Quirites, (710) Ereti manus
omnis oliviferaeque Mutuscae"
Olive lovers and garlic lovers, too, get the best of both worlds
with Calamata olives combined with our original garlic and marinated in a unique
blend of white wine, imported white wine, imported white wine vinegar and
exotic spices. The essence of the Middle East.
THE HISTORIC OLIVE HOUSE is home of world famous Graber Olives
grown and produced by the Graber family since 1894. A rare delicacy has been
created in Graber Olives: meaty, with a superb nutlike flavor. The natural full
ripeness and flavor have been preserved by selecting and carefully processing
only the fully tree-ripened fruit.
The history of olive farming in Australia dates back to the early
1800s. Olives were probably first planted in groves around 1805 in Parramatta
near Sydney. Olives and olive oil have been traded among the civilizations
throughout the world for centuries, so it seems probable that many of the ships
arriving on our shores would have carried some olive trees for planting.
Italy - Olive groves owned by the estate and oil mill of the heirs
of Prince Francesco Colonna, at the Masseria Bosco Pontoni, San Martino in
Pensilis, Molise. The olives are manually harvested when not fully ripe and they
are processed on the same day of harvest. The bottling is carried out by two
women who fill, label and seal the bottles with lacquer seals to preserve the
purity of the oil.