My favorite stop on the Frenso Farm Fruit Trail tour sponsored by the California Farm Water Coalition was the ENZO Organic Olive Oil Facility. Being Italian, olive oil is a staple in our household. The fact that it was organic merely increased my love for this place!
We toured the groves and the processing and packaging facility. Our tour guides were so passionate about the process. Check this picture out of Gordon Smith, he is the superhero of olive oil pressing! LOL.
The other tour guide was KC Pomering a fourth generation farmer just as passionate about her job at ENZO as she is about her website, gfreefoodie.com.
We were explained the process of olive oil pressing. First, the olives are harvested in the cold months, then immediately pressed, pit and all. Hence the term, Cold-Pressed. Unlike many large olive oil companies, ENZO only presses their olives once, in order to keep with the authentic olive oil flavor. The oil is then sent to the separation process where it sits for at least 30 days to allow for the oil to separate from the vegetable water and solids. It is then bottled up and sent to the shops!
Not only did we get to see the facility, but they also prepared this beautiful tomato, mozzarella, basil and olive oil platter for us to taste. It was exquisite and the organic olive oil tasted like we had just picked the olive from the tree!
Although we have used 3/4 of our bottle on salads, soups and veggies, I did use some it in this Chocolate Olive Oil Cake. Because the oil was so fresh, the fruitiness really came out in the cake, making it mouthwateringly moist.
Gordon and KC were so nice and generous, that they offered a bottle to us and one for you!!! In order to enter, “like” The Seaside Baker and ENZO Organic Olive Oil on facebook. Then comment here letting me know that you did! You can also earn an extra chance by tweeting this giveaway and commenting that you did so:
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Contest ends on August 7th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced on August 8th.
Once again, if you are ever in the Fresno area, make sure you take the Fresno Fruit Stand Tour. For a Foodie, it is magical! Also, a huge thank you to the California Farm Water Coalition and the Fresno County Farm Bureau for this amazing and enlightening weekend away.