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Fresh Pressed

Local producers are giving the East Bay another way to enjoy fresh olive oil.


Courtesy of California Olive Council

We Californians like our food fresh. And now, local olive growers are providing yet another garden-fresh option. It’s called olio nuovo—early harvest olive oil that’s pressed, bottled, and sold just days after the olives are picked.

A centuries-old tradition in Italy, olio nuovo can be found from local producers such as Olivina, Wente, and Hillcrest Ranch in November and December. The taste captures the oil’s sharp, grassy, peppery flavor at its most robust, says Olivina’s Charles Crohare: “It’s fresh, it’s strong to the nose, and it can definitely be lively on the tongue.”

Below is a list of some of the East Bay locations to purchase olio nuovo.

► Draeger's, Blackhawk Plaza, 4100 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, (925) 648-5800, draegers.com

► Rockridge's Market Hall, 5655 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 250-6010, rockridgemarkethall.com

► We Olive, 1364 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 280-4574, weolive.com


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