Extra Virgin Olive Oil – the natural way to keep fit and healthy
An ancient symbol of peace, friendship and health
Anyone concerned about living a healthy life could do no better than to include a generous dollop of extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO for short, in their diet.
This is the opinion of leading nutritionists today – as it was when rooted in Ancient Greek tradition and mythology, where the olive tree was one of the most beloved, most treasured and most sacred trees.
EVOO helps to prevent a number of health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. It keeps your blood flowing smoothly, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and, not least, to help the body cope with stress. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, and in vitamins and enzymes. The experts say olive oil will help keep your brain sharp.
According to renowned South African organic farmer and author, Margaret Roberts, in her book, Healing Foods, “olive oil makes a superb health food”.
And it is with this in mind that South Africa’s premier producer of high-quality EVOO, Willow Creek Olive Estate, has meticulously produced its award-winning olive oil and become respected as the preferred supplier of EVOO and olive products to leading chefs, top restaurants, nutritionists and home cooking.
Thriving in the Nuy Valley near Worcester in the Western Cape, the estate grows 160 000 olive trees on 200 hectares in lime-rich soil, in a Mediterranean climate. The region’s low average rainfall and fresh mountain water is the foundation for the production of healthy, full-flavour olives.
Willow Creek Olive Estate harvests each olive cultivar at its optimum stage of ripeness. By minimising the time from harvesting to processing, and limiting exposure to oxygen, high polyphenol levels are ensured.
Once the perfect blend has been obtained, the oil is bottled in Willow Creek Olive Estate’s dark glass bottles and light, bio-degradable PET bottles with UV filter and oxygen barrier to protect the EVOO against light oxidation and maintain optimum shelf life.
Their unique squeeze bottle allows chefs to control the precise amount required for any recipe. The estate’s first award-winning Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oil was pressed in 2002 and since then the awards, local and international, have poured in, ranking Willow Creek Olive Estate among the top producers of premium quality EVOO and olive products globally.
And while awards are important, what is critical to Willow Creek Olive Estate is that anyone who buys any of their oils will love the magic that a healthy dollop of Willow Creek Extra Virgin Olive Oil will do for their well-being.
For the Willow Creek Olive Estate team, however, the best prize of all is sharing their passion with olive oil lovers around the world.
How to avoid buying fake EVOO
EVOO is the highest grade of virgin oil derived by cold mechanical extraction without the use of solvents or refining methods. However, as with almost everything, there are sellers who exploit consumers by selling olive oil that has, for example, been diluted with a soybean or seed oil, or mixed with lower-grade oil. Olive oil adulteration has happened for centuries. The best way to make sure that you are buying the genuine product is to buy from a certified local source that you can trust, such as Willow Creek Olive Estate.