Daily Archives: November 16, 2014

  • One Man's Harvest Is Another's Freedom Struggle or Olives, Politics and Palestinians

    There’s a Palestinian saying that when two people have a good relationship, they are like the oil in the olive — inseparable unless they’re squeezed.

    The same might be said of Fawzi Haj Ibrahim Mohammad and his olive groves — squeezed though the two have been. Mohammad, a 57-year-old Palestinian farmer, was born the year that his trees were planted by his father, in 1958. Over the last six and a half decades, through war, occupation and intifada, Mohammad has been separated from and reunited with his trees many times. In October, for the second time this year, the Israeli military granted him permission to return to his groves.

    Even as violence erupts elsewhere, the olive harvest remains an annual tradition in these parts, when Palestinians gather in the rust-colored fields and even on tree-lined city sidewalks to pluck the black and green fruit. The harvest stretches from the first October rain through mid-November, after which wedding season begins, financed by olive profits. The harvest is a major source of income for Palestinians, but also a concrete expression of their ties to the land. Many farmers harvest from trees that have been in the family for 500 years, and they plant new trees for future generations.

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    There’s a Palestinian saying that when two people have a good relationship, they are like the oil in the olive — inseparable unless they’re squeezed. The same might be said of Fawzi Haj Ibrahim Mohammad and his olive groves — squeezed though the two have been. Mohammad,... 
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  • New Harvest First-Press Olive Oil Olio Nuovo

    Olio Nuovo, the “New Oil,” is the freshest organic extra virgin olive oil one can find anywhere and has more health benefits than store-bought varieties. Use it now because Olio Nuovo’s first-press nutritional benefits disappear in six to 12 months.

    There was a festive harvest party at Frog Hollow Farm the first weekend in November. The staff and friends celebrated this year’s record harvest of olives and the first tastes of Olio Nuovo, the “New Oil.” The first press is the freshest possible organic extra virgin olive oil one can find anywhere and there was good reason to party.

    Reports from the staff say this year’s Olio Nuovo is “truly amazing.” The official description is “smooth and buttery with rustic nutty notes of sesame, perfume accents of green tea and sage, and a pepper finish.” It’s a green oil with bold, grassy flavors and a hint of classic Tuscan spice.

    Frog Hollow Farm’s Olio Nuovo is extra virgin and certified organic. They make it from a rich blend of four Tuscan olive varieties that thrive in the farm’s Brentwood terroir – Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino, and Pendolino.

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    Olio Nuovo, the “New Oil,” is the freshest organic extra virgin olive oil one can find anywhere and has more health benefits than store-bought varieties. Use it now because Olio Nuovo’s first-press nutritional benefits disappear in six to 12 months. There was a festive... 
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