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Holy Creations Extra Virgin Olive Oil

post #1 of 16
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I've got a chance to buy a couple cases of 500 ml bottles of this olive oil. Here is what the flyer says:

Holy Creations Olive Oil

Straight from the Holy Land of Palistine (The Gaza Strip). This is a very unique high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The olives are hand picked and then carried via mule to be hand pressed via Old World practices. Technology is not available to these farmers - just painstaking hard work. All of this olive oil is Fair Trade, Cold Pressed, and Organic.

Of all I've read about EVOO I've never read about EVOO from the Gaza Strip. Does anyone know how this EVOO measures up? This is from a restaurant supply house with a reputation for outstanding quality items.

So I'm hoping someone can fill me on how this compares to Spanish and Italian EVOO.

The price is about $12 per 500 ml bottle. So it's kind of pricey.

What do you think?

Tx,
doc
post #2 of 16
I never heard of the oil so i can't help you there. But the marketing strategy contains a lot of hype - "Holy"! Right, holy oil, come ON. And "hand pressed" - what does that mean? that they squeeze it in their hands? Oil is made with stone wheels that crush the olives - nothing "hand" about it. And whether it is carried by donkeys or by trucks or by peasant women in baskets on their heads makes little difference for the final product! Olive trees often grow in areas inaccessible to vehicles, rocky terrain or hills, and donkey might just well be the most efficient way to carry olives there.
This said, it doesn't mean it's not good. Certainly that is one of the oldest olive-producing areas in the world! It's just that I get annoyed at these attempts to sell things through these absurd marketing stories.
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post #3 of 16
The name alone seems sketchy to me. I can't imagine that the people who make it named it this way, it's obviously a westerner who's trying to make a profit from it.

Many European countries are boycotting Israeli produce and I'd be curious to see how this product fares in the face of this. I don't know who makes it but whether I buy it or not would probably end up being a political decision in the long run.

As far as Spanish oil is concerned there are so many better oils out there. I find it too be too acidic for me. Also all the Italian specialty shops I've been to in NY carry a little Italian oil but offer a vast selection of Greek oils as they always seem to be preferred by both the customers and the shop keepers.

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post #4 of 16
I think Spanish olive oils are variable in flavour, but many are very good indeed - and I always bring olive oil home from travels in Europe.
I also like Tuscan and Ligurian oils.
I've also bought and enjoyed EVOO from the South of France.
I like most Greek oils, possibly because they are the ones that I grew up eating and they are the ones that taste most familiar and 'right' to my palate. Greek oils are popular here in the Greek neighbourhoods, particularly in North London, but I think the snobbishness of buying EVOO from a Tuscan producers wins, hands down in the UK.
I've tasted Lebanese oil and the two types I've had (bought as presents for me by people visiting Leb/Syria) They were extremely tasty, light but with a real peppery bite!

Like others, I disliked the marketing-speak of the advert for the Palestinian stuff, D-Doc - but that doesn't mean the olive oil can't prove to be the best stuff you've ever tasted!
post #5 of 16
Doc. I think this is a lot of b/s. First of all it does not say virgin, and what press is it?
There are plenty of good oils around a lot cheaper then this. And with all the bullets and bombs going off over there who knows what you will get in the oil.
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post #6 of 16
Just was given a few cases of evo from a distributor at the food show I directed the end of Jan.....

Lucini, Italian Premium Select, hand picked, first cold press, acidity 0.2-0.4%
500 ml runs $19 a btl. lucious...trully a delight to use for salad dressing

Ollo, Australian cold pressed evo.....2 varieties
1) mild and mellow
2) fresh and fruity
500 ml runs about $11 a btl., not opened them yet.....

Then there's Davinci, full flavor evo
and Racconto evo.....both Italian.....

There's a huge difference in the quality of the oils....just like wine or vinager. Good oils will have numerous flavor elements, viscosity.
Last summer my mom sent me money for my birthday, I splurged on a special evo that I'd never drop $55 on typically....it's really a BIG flavored oil, does not go with every dish nor with every vinager....but it's a WOW!:bounce:

There are several stores in our area that have oils you can taste....
William Sonoma, Whole Foods (ask, they will have open btls typically for you to try), Wine Shops, EVO stores....yes we now have a store dedicated to olive oils....
It's fun to do a tasting....you can then pick up the differences in oils. Normally it's free.

There used to be an olive oil importer active on cheftalk......he'd elaborate on why hand-picked is preferable (my take is that you'd get only ripe fruit and not a random mix), First Cold Press (flavor is muted with heat)....how it gets to market is not relative to quality....
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post #7 of 16
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Ed, you're reading too fast. It says Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The guy distributing it I"ve know for some time, and he sells only quality product. I was just curious if anyone had any opinions (having tasted it themselves) before I buy.

Money back guarantee if I don't like it. $5 delivery charge. Can't really lose.

doc
post #8 of 16
While I have never used that brand of Isreali/Palestinian Olive Oil, I have used other brands and they have the most intense flavor profiles.
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post #9 of 16
The only thing they left out of the description was to claim it was cold pressed between a virgin's thighs.
Would that make it any better?
No, but neither did carrying it on a burro.
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post #10 of 16
Oils are a matter of preference. If you like it then just buy it. I like almost all EVOO.
post #11 of 16
Hi Delta,

I have only just begun learning about the flavors of different olive oils. I'm really taken back with some of the Olio Nuovo. This is olive oil like nothing I've tasted before. It is fresh harvested and bottled before any of the sediment settles. This gives an incredibly intense flavor profile.

Of these olive oils I'm really starting to enjoy the nuances from each region. Two fresh harvested oils can taste extremely different from one another just due to the region and conditions that it grew in. It's really been a joy for me to start to experience these different olive oils. I've heard that there can be as much difference from year to year as there can be from region to region, but I haven't experienced this with these new olive oils.

That being said...there does seem to be alot of marketing talk in the description. I would ask what harvest it was from and also what farm (location) it was from as well. I don't have much confidence in the oil just because of how the ad is written. But I would buy a bottle or two off of you if your thinking you don't want to take a chance buying the whole case for yourself.

good luck!
dan
post #12 of 16
If this is the same oil, it appears you can buy it for $90.00 per case(of six 500ml bottles) for the EVOO version and $100.00 per case (of six 500ml bottles) of organic Evoo. Holy Creations Olive Oil

If we're talking about the same oil, you can scroll down to the second Olive oil written in this review from ILoveOlivOilBlog. It scored a "premium" rating with 16 of 25 points (from this person mind you).

They also have a review of one of the many farms in California, California Olive Ranch's "Olio Nuovo" .

dan
post #13 of 16
really good shtuff, i tried it a few years ago
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post #14 of 16
In addition to 'Shroom's positive review, your good experiences with the merchant, and the fact that it's "Fair Trade" (which says a lot about who makes it and how), it's worth a shot. Considering the negative connotations "Gaza Strip" has for most Americans, I certainly can't blame the marketers for reminding us that it's part of the "Holy Land."

BDL
post #15 of 16
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This is touted as the Organic EVOO from Holy Creations and I'm paying $145 per case of 12 500 ml bottles. Anyway, $5 delivery charge, and full money back guarantee if I don't like it.

As far as marketing gimics, think of anything, like cars, that people still buy despite the outrageous marketing ploys behind them! :)

doc
post #16 of 16
oops....I've tried olio nuovo from CA, not holy land ....sorry for confusion
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