extra virgin olive oil 500ml

(3 customer reviews)


From small batch olive producers in the north of Lebanon, souri olives are transformed into extra virgin olive oil by Zejd.  Pressed the day they are harvested to maintain all the health benefits associated with olives, the oil is mild, with a warm peppery after-taste. In a stylish tin,  the oil is filtered to preserve its quality.  An essential ingredient in any kitchen,  it is a travesty that not more kitchens in the UK know how delicious it is! 

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Extra virgin olive oil from souri olives, Lebanon’s most popular variety. Beino (in Arabic this means “between”), the village where they are grown, is nestled between two hills in the north of Lebanon. Olive trees grow here at 550 meters above sea level, and stretch from the Mediterranean to the borders with Syria.

Between October and November each year, a team of experienced olive pickers start harvesting early in the morning. Youssef Fares, owner producer of Zejd, installed a modern press in the village in 2004. A more up to date mechanism means the work is carried out more efficiently and according to international standards. The resulting oil is classified as extra virgin olive oil, since the temperature can be controlled to below 28 degrees and it has an acidity level of less than 1%.

The olives are hand picked to avoid  bruising which might damage the quality of the oil. They are sorted, twigs and leaves removed before being crushed. The paste is put into a centrifuge system so that the water separates from the oil.  The result is the “virgin” olive oil, which is then collected separately. It is left for a month before being filtered to allow for a better preservation of the oil. Youssef knows when the olive oil is good by the smell alone.

Each tree gives roughly 20 kilos of olives which produces about 4 litres of oil. Most Lebanese households will buy from someone they know who produces olive oil, and fill up a tank in their house. It’s not unheard of for a family of 4 to use more than 100 litres a year. It is without doubt the most essential part of the Lebanese diet.

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Weight 0.531 kg
Dimensions 6.5 × 6.5 × 17 cm

3 reviews for extra virgin olive oil 500ml

  1. Luisa Ramazzotti

    Your olive oil tastes delicious! It is very different from any Italian or French olive oil I have had…intense but delicate…I think it must be the soil and the sun…very nice indeed!

    • miranda

      So pleased you can taste the difference – the souri olives are unique to the eastern Mediterranean – and well worth protecting.

  2. David Crombie

    So pleased to find a beautiful soft and fragment olive oil – perfect with our fresh bread and salads…I’ve made a mental note to buy as special gourmet presents for my friends it’s so good!

    • miranda

      Thank you so much for your kind words – we’re delighted that you like the gentleness of the olive oil. Lucky friends!

  3. Vivienne Calgaro-Stewart

    Just tasted this beautiful oil with a touch of balsamic vinegar and bread. So, so delicious. Definitely a convert to this sweet and subtle nutty flavour.

    • miranda

      So glad you like the oil – it’s so delicious as you say as a dip. Thank you for your kind review!

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