Olive Oil | the nectar that’s at the heart of French cuisine

Written by on August 23, 2017 in Gastronomy

Olive oil is at the heart of French cooking, particularly in the south of France. The great French chef Alain Ducasse said “If my cuisine were to be defined by just one taste, it would be that of subtle, aromatic, extra-virgin olive oil”. He didn’t specify that it should be French but we’re sure he meant it.

Olive oil from France, although a small producer compared to neighbours Spain and Italy, is considered to be amongst some of the best in terms of quality.

Olive trees have been grown in France for around 2,500 years. Introduced by the Greeks who landed in Marseille, the oldest city in France. Homer called it “liquid gold” and the French took to it with enthusiasm. Olive oil is one of the defining ingredients that makes French cuisine the best in the world.

Oliviers & Co Olive Oil

Around 20 years ago, in the village of Mane, high in the Alpes de Haute Provence an olive oil company was born. Created by two men with a passion for olive oil, they wanted to share their love for the exceptional olive oils of Provence with the world and set up Oliviers & Co. focusing on the terroir, the processing and storage they seek out not just food oil but “superb vintage” olive oil.

They know the producers and how they work, picking olives by hand, recording the important harvest date so that it can be enjoyed at its best.

Olive oil is their passion and to celebrate, in 2017 they released a limited-edition bottle designed by Parisian model and oil fan Ines de la Fressange. The oil is produced by the Domaine de la Vallongue, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and it’s truly delicious. But don’t worry if they’re sold out of this pretty bottle, their selection of French olive oils will ensure you can add a taste of that je ne sais quoi to your dishes at home any time.

Oliviers & Co have an online boutique and stores and outlets around the world including several in Paris and America and Europe. Their website has loads of tips and recipes to help you create brilliant tasting dishes.

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