Less than 3% of the olive oil consumed in the U.S. is from the U.S., yet California is home to some of the most beautiful, and beautifully kept olive groves in the world. Nevermind that many imported olive oils are adulterated: cut with less expensive oils like genetically modified canola oil, soybean oil or nut oils and is considered to be one of the most frequently adulterated foods according to Food Fraud which is why it’s critical to know your source and to buy wisely if you want clean and pure food.
For this reason, I’m careful about from whom I purchase – preferring to buy from farms and families I know well.
about Chaffin Family Orchards
Chaffin Family Orchards is a fifth generation, diversified family farm located in northern California that employs sustainable and biodynamic methods through all measures of their farm. They produce grass-fed and pasture-raised meats for local customers in addition to beautiful fruits (persimmons, the best mandarins I’ve ever eaten, grapefruit, peaches, nectarines, plums, figs, avocados and pears), but what they’re most well-known for is their olive oil.
Carol Albrecht of Chaffin Family Orchards is also a strong member of the Weston A Price Foundation, and she has been awarded for her activism in helping farmers and supporting the real food movement.
Chaffin Family Orchards Award-winning Olive Oil
I fell in love with Chaffin’s olive oil several years ago when I first began writing Nourished Kitchen, and since that time Chaffin has been the only olive oil I serve in my home. I wait for their newsletter updates which alert me to when preorders for olive oil come available, when fresh olives can be bought for home-curing, and when their mandarins can be purchased (I give them away as holiday gifts).
The simple clean and bright flavors of their Mid-season Harvest Olive Oil stunned me. Never had I tasted such a complex, but simultaneously mild oil. I use it in my olive oil ice cream and as a finishing oil.
I also purchase a gallon (or two) of their late-season olive oil each year which is quite mild with none of the biting and acid undertones that can sometimes affect grocery store oils. I use this, as Chris from Chaffin recommends, in mayonnaise, allioli and for occasional and very light sauteing.
As Chris from Chaffin explains:
When tasting this oil the initial flavor notes are mild but it finishes with a hint of a spicy bite. This earlier less ripe fruit also produces an olive oil with slightly higher polyphenols. The Late Harvest has milder flavors all the way through to the final flavor notes. It’s more versatile for things like making mayonnaise or pesto where the flavor of the oil is less likely to be masked or the oil’s flavor is more likely to compound.
They’re both still fantastic oils and both are still very mild compared to what is available on the market. Even though the Mid Season is a little spicier, both oils received gold medals in the mild category at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. A gold medal at that event is one of the most prestigious awards an extra virgin olive oil can receive. So we’re very proud of them.
Chaffin has generously offered to giveaway 1 gallon of either their mid-season oil or their late-season oil to one Nourished Kitchen reader. A gallon jug of their award-winning, artisan-produced olive oil is valued at $72 (And beyond worth it. We buy 4 gallons at a time.)
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