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Dine With Shayda: Interview

Texas Hill Country Olive Company was recently interviewed by Austin food blogger Shayda Torabi. Full interview has been reposted below; original article can be found here. Texas Hill Country Olive Company is a little piece of Italy in the Texas Hill Country. Located right outside of Dripping Springs on a beautiful piece of land, the Gambini family is growing and manufacturing organic olive oil that has been ranked as some of the best in the country.They’ve created this amazing oasis in Dripping Springs and invite you to come tour their olive oil making process, olive orchard, and enjoy some Texas Hill Country wine as you learn more about how each olive tree is determined if it is ready to be turned into...

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Central Texas Gardner: Growing Olive Trees

What’s really in your olive oil? Meet John Gambini from Texas Hill Country Olive Company, who grows organic olive trees and presses pure oil. On tour in Dripping Springs, Carla Jean Oldenkamp grows organic good eats for all, including the chickens in her Zen Hen House. Daphne flavors things up with homegrown dill. Plus, find out why your xeric plants rotted in recent rains. John divides nursery chard transplants for more “yums” for the bucks. Central Texas Gardner: Episode Details on KLRU.org

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Wall Street Journal: The Best Olive Oils Made in the U.S.

Our recent write up in The Wall Street Journal. You can find the full article here. MEDITERRANEAN OLIVE OILS have long been held up as the gold standard, but there are a number of good reasons to look closer to home when sourcing bottles for your kitchen. According to studies out of the University of California, Davis, for instance, nearly two-thirds of Mediterranean olive oils labeled extra-virgin—meaning extracted mechanically (without the use of heat or chemicals) solely from the fruit of the olive tree, and meeting a variety of chemical standards, including no more than 0.8 percent free fatty acidity (FFA), which is a marker of decomposition—aren't actually extra-virgin at all. Though it is, of course, possible to find European oils...

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Houstonia Gastronaut: Texas Has More Than One Kind of Oil

Excerpt from Houstonia Gastronaut writeup by Nick Panzarella. You can find the full article here. Title photo via Flickr user Brittany Highland   Texas-grown olive oil is just as good as the Mediterranean stuff. There have been several reports in the last month on the health benefits of olive oil, and how those benefits are lost on U.S. consumers due to the consumption of poor quality oil. Americans either take labels such as "pure" to mean highest quality when in reality "extra-virgin" is the primo designation, or the oil available has gone bad after a long period of transit across the Atlantic. These reports generally end by suggesting that American consumers purchase extra-virgin olive oil from California for a fresh alternative to Mediterranean...

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