Want a gift for the person who has everything? Or the fastidious gourmand on your gift list?
Try Peace Oil:
Peace Oil is produced in Israel by Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin working together. Grown in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains, the olives are pressed within hours of picking, to produce this prize winning extra virgin olive oil.
An initiative of registered UK charity The Charities Advisory Trust, Peace Oil encourages co-operation between communities. By helping to market their produce it hopes to bring economic prosperity to such enterprises, encouraging others to follow their example.
Profits from Peace Oil are used to support peace and reconciliation work in the Middle East.
According to the website, the land on which the olives trees were planted was formerly laid waste during the reign of the Ottoman Empire:
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Our oil is from the Suria variety olives, grown in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains. They are grown organically, but because of the non-organic farming neighbours, do not have organic certification.
Next year, Peace Oil will also be offering oil with organic certification. These are produced on land laid waste by the Ottomans (before the 1st World War the whole of the middle east was part of the Ottoman Empire). The trees were cut down for timber, which led to degradation and erosion of the hillsides. They are now re-planted with olive trees, which as they mature will produce wonderful quality oil.
The website does not say whether they ship to the US, but the prices they have listed seem reasonable.
I think I’ll send this to the powers that be at Amazon…see if they’ll list it.
Which reminds me: don’t forget to buy your Danish Christmas cookies. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the Danish paté on their listings anymore. On the other hand, I do notice that Lurpak butter is available. I found it on sale recently at Whole Foods. The reason it’s better is that it has fewer milk solids and a higher percentage of cream, which improves the flavor. It’s similar to Plus Gras, except the latter is French and more expensive…and good girls don’t buy French foods, even if they could afford them.
So…I have proposed Peace Oil and Bellicose Cookies. Probably don’t want to eat them as part of the same meal, though.
Hat tip: Corporate Presenter, via James Higham’s Blog Focus