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30 Days of Flavor: 03/07/11 – Citrus Infused Olive Oil

We will be discussing flavors this month in our “30 Days of Flavor” blog series. Every day this month, VSpicery will select a spice, seasoning, salt, etc., as the flavor of the day, giving you it’s history, flavor profile, and uses. We hope you enjoy these flavors and their unique stories.

Those of you paying attention will recognize we missed a day yesterday; we were down for scheduled maintenance. That’s why we have 30 days of flavor in a 31 day month!

Most of us use olive oil almost everyday, whether on salads, in marinades, or for cooking. We have a very long history with olives and olive oil, with wild olive harvesting going back to around 8,000 BC. The wild olive tree originated in Turkey, but the Mediterranean Basin has been the long standing producer of olives and olive oil for centuries. Archeologists think that the first cultivation happened on the island of Crete, but olive oil was first pressed in Israel by 4500 BC. Olive oil now comes in many grades and the flavor changes with the olive variety and processing method. At VSpicery, we carry many olive oils, some infused and some not.

Today, we are focusing on our Lemon Infused Olive Oil and Orange Infused Olive Oil. Both of these oils come from the same manufacturer, and are processed in the same way. Many manufacturers use extracts to flavor olive oil, not ours. The Lemon and Orange infused olive oils are pressed with the actual fruit, and the difference is amazing. When extracts are used, you cannot cook with them since the alcohol in the extract evaporates along with the flavor. Because our Lemon and Orange infused oils are processed with the fruit, they can be used in any culinary application and the lemon or orange flavor will be prevalent in any dish.

We love using the Lemon Infused Olive Oil with chicken, fish, seafood, and pork. Just use it like you would any regular olive oil. The Lemon oil is also delicious drizzled over steamed vegetables or as a base for a citrus vinaigrette. The Orange Infused Olive Oil is fabulous with chicken, pork, and fish. We also found that combining our Orange oil with VSpicery’s Apple Balsamic vinegar and a little honey makes a tasty dressing for fruit and leaf salads. Both oils can also be used in baked goods that call for oil, when you want a citrus flavor present. Give one or both a taste, and you’ll wonder why you don’t have them in your pantry already.


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