for the olive lover
The shorkk olive duo is a gift from Lebanon for those who love olives. It seems fitting to put both the olive and the oil it produces together. Zejd’s extra virgin olive oil, with its mild peppery aftertaste, is made from the souri variety of olives which are common in Lebanon.
It was the Phoenicians who shipped wild olive trees to Europe from the port city of Tyre in Lebanon. In Arabic the name of the city is صور sour which is pronounced like “oor” as in “Oor Wullie”, for those familiar with the Scottish comic strip character. You’ll find more about the green cracked olives in our shorkk stories section. The souri black olives are the same variety but picked later in the harvest.
Olives don’t just have to be eaten with a drink, we’ve added recipes on our website to give you some ideas. For those choosing the souri green cracked olives, the green olive and walnut salad or potato salad with green olive tapenade are full of texture and quickly made. The black olives add so much flavour to dishes, pitted, chopped and folded into kale, ricotta and mushroom spaghetti or added to prawns with arak. Keep the brine in the fridge and add a couple of tablespoons to a bean stew for flavour.
makes a the perfect gift
Many of our customers choose this as a gift for loved ones who might be a little tricky to buy for – whether it’s Christmas or birthdays. As Lebanese EVOO is hard to find in the UK, this is an ideal combination for someone interested in small batch productions with a unique taste.
We include a card of a traditional Lebanese larder in the gift. In the days before fridges, households would store their preserved produce here. It’s called نملية namlieh in Arabic, which means a place to keep the ants out! Drawn by Zelfa el Khazen, we’re happy to write your message on the shelves. There’s a special 10% off discount code on the back of the card too!
Packed in compostable hive wrapping, rather than bubble wrap, we will ship your parcel by Royal Mail using their tracked 24 hour service. Please let us know if there is a special place the parcel can be left if the receiver won’t be at home.