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Enjoying The Mediterranean Diet In Your Own Kitchen

Surely you have heard of the Mediterranean Diet, which evokes images of white-washed Greek islands, turquoise seas, and 90+ year-old men and women breakfasting on olives and olive oil. The Mediterranean Diet is composed primarily of fruits, vegetables, pulses (dry peas, beans, lentils and chick peas), seafood, sheep and goat’s milk and, best of all, [...]

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Is Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil Really Extra Virgin?

The recent 60 Minutes exposé on Mafia involvement in Italian agriculture and especially fraudulent and adulterated olive oils has generated a lot of inquiries into the difference between the Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) offered by The Olive Tap stores and those suspect oils sold in grocery and other retail outlets. Firstly, we need [...]

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Arbequina: A Little Olive That Could

Indeed Arbequina is the olive variety that seems to have taken over the world! Here at The Olive Tap, we feature Arbequina 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil from various origins throughout the year. So why is Arbequina so popular and just where did it come from? To answer that we travel back to 17th Jerusalem... Where [...]

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Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, an Ancient Delicacy

While the popularity of balsamic vinegar has boomed in the USA over the past two decades, few understand the timeless tradition, including the ingredients and the process, of authentic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Chef Mario Olivi, owner of The Olive Tap Downer’s Grove, outlines just what Balsamic Vinegar is indeed! -JenniferBalsamic Vinegar of Modena is [...]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Health Benefits of 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

As the olive oil intake of Americans increases (and increase it has!), so has the amount of research being conducted into the incredible health benefits of 100% extra virgin olive oil in fighting Breast Cancer.  A recent study into the effects of one of Extra Virgin Olive Oil's main components, oleic acid, shows it to be effective [...]

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Seasonal Farm-to-Table Recipes from The Olive Tap across the USA

Hurray for the summer harvest! Yes, it is that time of year again when all of the regions are in full harvest of summer's bounty. How long the northern regions have waited for juicy heirloom tomatoes, succulent peaches, plump blueberries, and more! Seasonal eating is so rewarding with flavors and quality that simply cannot be [...]

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Skin Smart: Healthy Cosmetic Uses for Olive, Nut, and Seed Oils

Olive oil does wonders not only to complement your favorite foods, but its health benefits are so significant as well. Regular olive oil consumption allows one to reap these benefits, but what about allowing your body’s largest organ to have a ‘drink’? That’s right! As wonderful as olive oil is for the inside, it has [...]

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Spicy, Sweet, and Smoky Summer Grilling

Whether you prefer spicy, sweet, smoky, or all three, we have the flavors to make your summer grilling so very exciting! Last summer, we gave you our top grilling tips on how to best utilize olive oil and vinegars for marinating, basting, and glazing. This year we are bringing you new vibrant flavors to inspire you [...]

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A Taste of Spring!

Oh how glorious it is when Spring has finally sprung! Sunshine, birds singing, flowers blooming, greenery everywhere…and so many delights for the taste buds! Our new for Spring olive oil and balsamic vinegar flavors are bursting with freshness and flavor and complement the season’s fresh offerings.One of the first Spring delights is the vibrant and [...]

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A Flavorful Finale: How to Use Olive Oil as a Finisher

Olive Oil is so versatile, yet its numerous assets are often “un-tapped”by many. The question we often hear from our clients is what to do with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). They ask, "Is it for cooking or salad dressing?" Indeed those are two common uses for EVOO, but there are many other uses as [...]

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