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PRODUCT REVIEW – The Artisanal Kitchen EVOO

I was recently sent a sample of The Artisanal Kitchen’s “Three Olives” 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil to try (first cold pressed). ¬†This olive oil is both grown and produced in California (I LOVE local products) and is an olive oil made with the Arbequina (native to Spain), Arbosana, and Koreneiki (original to Greece) olives.

While I try not to have too much oil in my diet, I do cook with olive oil and use it in dressings, so it is important to me that I have a good olive oil on hand. ¬†It is also important to me that my olive oil be grown without pesticides. ¬†The information I received from The Artisanal Kitchen did not speak to this issue, so I contacted Anna Zoitas, the owner and creator. ¬†Anna’s response to me was:

Although we are currently not certified organic we do not apply pesticides directly to olives or olive trees. We do add copper and other nutrients to the soil in the orchards. Fortunately, we haven’t had an encounter with olive fly.

Hope that helps!



There are many great farmers out there that do not use pesticides, but haven’t gone through the Organic Certification process which can be very costly and time-consuming.

The flavor of the olive oil was great.  I wanted to try it in different applications so I used it in salad dressing and when I cooked.  I appreciated the mellow flavor and low acidity (below 0.5%).

For more information about The Artisinal Kitchen and Anna Zoitas click here.

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Photo Courtesy of www.expowest.com

Photo Courtesy of http://www.expowest.com

I am so excited to be attending the Natural Products Expo West this weekend as a member of the media.¬†¬†Following is a blurb from the Expo’s website to better help you understand what the expo is:

“Natural Products Expos West¬†is¬†the world‚Äôs premier trade show for the natural, organic and healthy products industry.¬† Attended by nearly 56,000 industry professionals from across the globe, Natural Products Expo West is co-located with SupplyExpo, the Nutracon conference, the Healthy Baking Seminar and the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace. These combined events showcase the entire value chain of healthy products from start to finish, identifying the bestsellers of today and the trends of tomorrow.

Natural Products Expo West / SupplyExpo is ranked as one of the top 100 trade shows in the US, according to Tradeshow Week magazine.

This show is open to a professional audience of manufacturers, buyers, retailers and qualifying media. It is NOT open to the general public.”

Photo Courtesy of www.expowest.com

Photo Courtesy of http://www.expowest.com

I am looking forward to trying all of the new products that will be coming out on the market…get ready for LOTS of product reviews!¬† This expo is seriously my equivalent to being a kid in a candy shop!!!

Photo Courtesy of www.expowest.com

Photo Courtesy of http://www.expowest.com

To learn more about the Natural Products Expo West click here.


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