Sunday, January 19, 2014

Passionate About Olives

Known for his lively search for the world's best olive oils Athan Gadanidis 
visits northern California's Berkeley Olive Grove.

Athan and Darro, of course, engage for hours
discussing olives, oil and health benefits.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Recent Research Shows One California Extra Virgin Olive Oil Just Might Be Among the World’s Healthiest.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Centennial Celebration Presentations

Both Darro and I had a great time as we were receiving recognition for
Berkeley Olive Grove reaching its Centennial mark from our
State and County dignitaries.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Special

We just added a new 500ml VARIETY 3- PACK with special holiday pricing for our
California Mission Blood Orange* 
California Mission Meyer Lemon and
our California Mission Gold.
(*Check out Berkeley Olive Grove at the Good Food Awards)

While we were at it we included special holiday pricing for all 500ml 3-Packs.
And, getting caught up in the holiday spirit, we added special pricing for
all 500ml Cases.
Check out the special pricing for our California Mission Gold Gallon Jug.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Grove Centennial Celebration: November 16, 2013

Berkeley Olive Grove 1913
Traditional Organic Agriculture & Natural Food Value
1–3 pm
Enjoy local organic snacks and Darro's organic olive leaf-mint tea
1:30, 2:00, 2:30 pm     Tours of Historic Grove

  with Darro and Olivia Grieco:  Sustainable organic grove.
   Harvest olives for curing with The Passionate Olive
     author Carol Firenze.
3 pm     Tour Centennial Estate
   Harvest wild edible and medicinal plants
   with Sacramento Valley Feast! 
     author Wolfgang Rougle

3:45 pm
Guided Tasting of Extra Virgin Olive Oils


4 pm
Dinner -- 5 pairings
   local organic foods with certified organic Mission olive oils and award-winning wines produced in Butte County’s two designated Unique Agriculture areas from Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 and Grey Fox Vineyard


5 pm 
November Twilight Time
   continuing meal in the grove with twinkling lights
 … 4:50 pm Sunset,  5:15 pm Twilight & Moonlight …


5:45 pm
   topped with our very popular Blood Orange Mission Olive Oil
     accompanied by New Clairvaux port.


6 pm
Relax by fire pit

Review your day at the grove, likely with moonlight inspired coyote song


Purchased books may be signed by the authors.


Centennial Event grove tour, tasting, and food pairing dinner includes:

·    Gift bottle of selected organic olive oil

·    Canvas harvest bag with Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 logo + your hand harvested olives

·    Samples of bar and liquid soaps – made from Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 organic olive oil

·    Recipe for enzyme rich olive curing

·    Samples of local organic products

·    Gentle guitar music by Lanette


Tickets $65

Chico Natural Foods, Grey Fox Vineyard,
Mug Shots, Oroville Chamber of Commerce

Pre-event request options: Gluten Free / Vegetarian and
ADA Facilities*

*Two week pre-event request, please          (530) 533-1814
Location:  Berkeley Olive Grove, 8 Rocky Drive, Oroville 95965    
Highway 70 northbound to signal at Clark Rd  -  8 miles north of Oroville
1 mile north of Hwy 149
At signal turn RIGHT onto Table Mountain Blvd, then Left onto Coal Canyon Rd
First Coal Canyon driveway on LEFT, at stone house and Italian Cyprus trees
WELCOME from Darro and Olivia

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Flavor Intensity & Food Pairing Suggestions for Premium Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Three Intensities?
While 100 years ago our estate was planted to a single variety - Mission olives - we absolutely have the pleasure of offering all three flavor intensities of robust, medium and delicate.
Each year, of course, has unique weather influences and time schedules for maturation of the olives but there are continuing patterns that we count upon when we harvest.

Darro monitors each stage of the olives' growth and will begin harvesting when it is likely they have developed both their oil and a nice stage of polyphenol levels.  As we harvest the polyphenol level of our oils - much current research is available on polyphenol cause and effect health benefits - are assessed at the lab and we either "go for it" full on harvesting or wait a few days longer and assess the next harvested oil.
With the appearance of a bell curve we find polyphenols:
          increasing, increasing, peak, decreasing, decreasing.

During our most recent harvest Darro found that our green olives reached a polyphenol peak with the third lab assessment.
Such an oil becomes our high-polyphenol robust:
          terms one finds usually go hand-in-hand.

Mid to late autumn have been good beginning periods to harvest our Mission robust oil.  And, each year one may count upon our California Mission Classic to be a robust oil.

Milling and tasting during the harvest season, it's usually early December when the green olive begin to turn partially pink.  With this we are expecting to come upon our medium intensity with its balance of early and later harvest flavors.  This medium intensity oil continues to have some very nice polyphenol levels. While the California Mission Gold requires a very special balance to hold its place as our medium, if offered, one may count on it as Darro has said that without that perfect balance he will just not release that intensity.

Holding off on harvesting as the olives ripen on the tree - turning red and then purple, soaking up the winter rains of late December or early January - the flavors mellow. With riper fruit aromas one may still count on respectable polyphenol level in our delicate California Mission Reserve.

In all of our oils we have a lot going on for creating these amazing oils: 100 year old mature trees, Mission variety, dry farmed and the attention to detail that Darro gives to all steps of growing and production.

Pairing Suggestions
ROBUST - California Mission Classic

Pairs well with strong & spicy dishes, heavy soups, pastas, casseroles and red meats.
MEDIUM - California Mission Gold 
Complements hearty flavors, most cheeses, whole grain foods and white meats or fresh water fish.
DELICATE - California Mission Reserve 
Brings subtle nuances in more delicate foods such as white fish, sea foods, white rice, delicate vegetables and mild cheeses.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 Presentation: olives to premium oil

Expanding past our standard "orchard to oil" presentation, we're following up on repeating questions a Traditional California olive oil producer receives.

Starting with what-goes-on photos of a traditional grove at its centennial, we share our sustainable practices of growing olives and the production of premium olive oil.

Of course we guide one through the tasting experience of a high-antioxidant, extra virgin olive oil.

With a beginning discussion about extra virgin olive oil standards we provide a link to very likely more than most want to know about specific chemical analysis details.

Too easy to find, we have on-going documentation regarding continuing world-wide olive oil fraud - ouch!

But, on the WONDERFUL side, from Greece we have current scientific research regarding health benefits from polyphenol rich olive oil.

Turns out tonight's Weston A. Price presentation in Chico went very well with us chatting about each of the slides.  Enjoy. 

Slides (PDF)

Video on Polyphenols:  Dr. Prokopios Magiatis

For the entire Prokopios interview select the link below for a very information 9 1/2 minute video filmed at the University of Athens by Athan Gadanidis.