olive oil

"A taste older than meat, older than wine. A taste as old as cold water"- Lawrence Durrell

Olives and olive oil are as old as human history. Olives are found in Egyptian records as far back as the 17th century B.C. and are mentioned frequently in the Bible. The Greeks revered the olive as a gift from the gods believing that Athena herself created the tree that is “capable of giving flame for lighting up the night; of soothing wounds; of being a precious food, both rich in flavor and a source of energy.” The word “olive” comes from the Latin olivea and first appeared in English around 1200 A.D. The largest producers of olives are Italy and Spain. Olive trees were introduced to California in the mid-1700’s by the Spanish and now flourish as a decorative tree and in agricultural plantings. California now produces around 200,000 tons of commercial olives per year.

The Grades of Olive Oil

Extra Virgin
Extraction: First Cold Press
Acidity: Less Than 1%
Uses: Condiments, Dressings, Marinades

Extraction: First Cold Press
Acidity: 1-2%
Uses: Dressings, Marinades

Extraction: First Cold Press (Blend of Virgin & Extra Virgin Oils)
Acidity: 1-2%
Uses: Dressings, Marinades. Virgin oil with flaws is refined to produce a bland oil called "pure." Varying amounts of virgin oil is blended to give an element of flavor to this otherwise bland product

Extraction: Refined, Blended
Acidity: 1-2%
Uses: Sauté, Dressings, Marinades

Extraction: Refined, Blended, Filtered
Acidity: 1-2%
Uses: Sauté

Extraction: Refined, Solvent Extracted
Acidity: 1-2%
Uses: Commercial

At Bristol Farms we sell an extensive selection of olive oils from the very basic to some of the very best in the world. The list below is a sample of our fine selection.

Olive Oil Selection

Academia Barilla
An assortment of regional oils from the classic growing regions in Italy.

Badia a Coltibuono
A Tuscan classic with a savory character prized by connoisseurs.

Vintage dated California blend; very limited production.

BR Cohn
Blended California Oil; available Certified Organic from the Sonoma Valley.

Camino al Cielo
Central California olives pressed in Los Olivos, our most locally produced oil.

Spanish Oil from Andalusia. A blend of olive varieties with great balance.

Frescobaldi Laudemio
Exquisite, estate grown Tuscan oil produced under strict consortium regulations.

Olio Santo
Napa Valley’s famous olive oil. California’s original world-class oil.

Powerful flavors from this unfiltered oil packed on a Sicilian family farm.

A rich, fruity Sicilian oil wonderful in salads.

Estate-grown oil from Catalonia. Balanced and rich; made with 100% arbequina olives.

Romanico Essencia
Catalan Arbequina olives produce a classic Spanish oil easily enjoyed in all recipes.

From Chile, an exquisite blend of varietal olives that rival Europe’s best offerings.

Taste of Crete
A rich and well balanced Greek oil. Fruity and flavorful; made with 100% Crete olives.