Monday, February 1, 2016

Deng Ming-Dao's Visit to Berkeley Olive Grove


I visited an olive oil grove north of Oroville, and I was given something that eased my chronic pain. Every martial artist I know lives with three kinds of pain: from combat, from practice, and from aging. Perhaps pain is our ultimate and most persistent adversary.

Berkeley Olive Oil Grove 1913 (the name derives from the role that the University of California, Berkeley, played in the history of the grove) and serendipity seem to go together. Darro and Olivia bought the land with the intention of developing it for housing. They weren’t interested in the trees at that time. But once they became the owners, something changed for them. Shall we say that the trees spoke to them?

After they bought the land and walked through the grove, Darro and Olivia abandoned their development plans. They are a wonderful and warm couple. Olivia rescues horses and dogs, and has spent decades helping autistic children. The grove has become a labor of love on the part of two people who seemingly have endless love to give. They’ve done well. Since 2008, the list of awards they’ve received is impressive, with the most recent being the 2014 Gold Medal at the New York International Olive Oil Competition.

Their oils are high in polyphenol [see:], and I got a bottle of their highest concentrate. I was told that the oil was a good anti-inflammatory and was given a teaspoonful to try. I went to work out.

My knee pain and back pain lessened within a few hours. I was astonished—because I've tried taking olive oil before and it didn't have any effect. I’ve continued to take a spoonful of oil each day. I'm told it has to be early harvest olive oil. I wonder if terroir plays a role too.

Whether you’re looking for delicious olive oil (blood-orange and lemon flavors!) or want to explore the health benefits, look into Berkeley Olive Grove 2013.
Darro and Olivia

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