Olive Oil Giveaway!

September 16, 2011  •  Informational

Every once in awhile life gets in the way of blogging. I guess that’s a good thing, because life wouldn’t be very interesting if the only thing to do was blog. But I feel badly when I don’t provide new content for my readers on my normal schedule, so I’m throwing in a special Friday giveaway of this very special extra virgin olive oil from Italy.

The Frantoio Redoro oil is a family business and the oil comes from olives cultivated in the hills around Venice – Nostrano, Favarol and Grignano olives, to be exact. And as I hope you have gathered by now, I’m a huge fan of the real thing – extra virgin olive oil, preferably from Italy for me. You’ll find lots of recipes on my site that call for extra virgin olive oil. Here are just a few.

Remember, these olive oil giveaways are brought to you by the wonderful folks at Gourmet Cooking & Living. I’ve been buying oil from them for years, and they are one of only two sponsors I’ve selected at this time for this blog. Show them a little love and check out their site. Then leave me a comment about something new you learned about Italian olive oil and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a bottle of the Frantoio oil. I can only ship domestically – and the winner will be chosen on Monday.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


15 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Peter Van Lone says:

    i had no idea there were distinct cultivars of olives (though I makes total sense!).

    I would love to try an oil made from Coratina olives, judging from the description.


  2. Ty says:

    Supposedly a teaspoon a day keeps you regular and helps cleanse the body of toxins!

  3. Joey says:

    I didnt know the gladiators rubbed it on their bodies and used it for wounds! Cool to know!

  4. Maureen says:

    The olive tree and the oil are linked to the cultures of the Greeks and Romans, it is also a part of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

  5. Lori says:

    I should be as diligent as you. I took a hiatus from blogging for almost 2 months during the summer and while my site was undergoing all of its cosmetic refurbishments. I am only now getting back into the groove. But I do know what you mean: I wished life didn’t pull me in so many different directions while my kids were on summer break. I felt bad that I didn’t put new content on my blog.

    But how nice of you to offer such a wonderful treat in this olive oil!

    I did learn from the Gourmet Cooking and Living site that olive oil contains a compound that actually can curb your appetite.

  6. Sandy says:

    I did not know that companies were able to mix olive and vegetable oil and say it was olive oil. Shouldn’t they have to label it as a blend??

    • Michele says:

      Sandy, my friend in Italy who has studied the Italian olive oil industry extensively pointed out to me that worldwide olive oil is one of the most fraudulently labeled foods. It’s a shame for the farmers who really grow and make the real thing!

  7. VickieB says:

    I also did not realize there were so many cultivars of olives, but I guess it really should be no surprise, look at the different varieties of grapes used for wine.

    What I found interesting was that The Ancient Romans associated the olive tree with the goddess of wisdom, Minerva, who according to myth gave the gift of the olive tree to the Romans, and to the god Hercules, who in another legend, gave birth to the olive tree when he struck the ground with his club. Also, according to legend, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were born under an olive tree.

  8. Lea Ann says:

    I’d love to win this oil. I learned that a Mediterranian life style means a longer life.

  9. Tonya Tipton says:

    I never knew that each region in Italy has it’s own flavors
    and varieties of olive oil.

    I also didn’t know you can use olive oil for skin care and to
    remove toxins from your body plus more.

    I would never find an olive oil of this high quality in my local

    So I would love to win a bottle of this wonderful olive oil.

  10. Karen Harris says:

    Never knew that a teaspoon of olive oil in the morning will help fight stomach burning. I have a friend that might benefit from this information. Very nice giveaway Michele.

  11. Cheryl says:

    I learned that there is a compound found in olive oil that researches think may treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

  12. Leann Lindeman says:

    Wow! A tsp. In the morning, followed by water helps your tummy !!!!! Good to know.

  13. susitravl says:

    Researchers have discovered that oleocanthal, a naturally occurring compound found in extra virgin olive oil, could help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.
    Lots of interesting information on this site.

  14. Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks says:

    A very informative site. I liked the history page and never knew olive oil was called “liquid gold.” I also learned that olive oil made its first appearance in North America/the New World in Mexico.