I received two small bottles of Artisanal Kitchen’s Mellow & Fruity Three Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the mail to do some product testing. What intrigued me was that the three olives used to make this olive oil were all grown in California, which some purists may find shocking.
As a result of being grown in California, apparently it is more mellow and lighter than imports, “…which tend to have a more peppery taste profile,” says olive oil creator, Anna Zoitas. Let’s see if she is right!
Because I had so little of this elixir I did only two recipe tests. The first was using it in Wayne’s Ranch Dressing recipe. Normally fancy olive oils are too strong and bold in flavour to put in a dressing that requires a more neutral oil but I wanted to test this oil’s “mellowness.”
As soon as I poured the oil into the dressing, the colour immediately blew me away! It was beautiful. So rich and warm at the same time. Also, the dressing was perfect. The oil was not too strong or overpowering at all. I enjoyed it so much I used it in a white pizza I made with my homemade marinated olives.
Looks can be deceiving but not in this case at all. I was shocked that such a deeply coloured olive oil could be so neutral in flavour. But would it be too boring? Onto the next bottle!
The press release says this oil is perfect for cooking, dipping and dressing. Personally, I would never cook this oil. It would ruin all those fabulous healing omegas in this first cold pressed oil. No, I would use it to make a raw sauce. One of my favourites: basil pesto!
I had just enough oil for one serving of the basil pesto sauce and it was a beautiful lunch. Fresh, bold and not boring at all.
This olive oil really is light and mellow but you can feel the goodness with every bite. Its low acidity (below 0.5%) makes this a beautiful smooth olive oil to work with, no matter the application.
I thoroughly enjoyed product testing Artisanal Kitchen’s Mellow & Fruity Three Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil. What a luxurious treat! I give this product five out of five wooden spoons. The company contacted me and said you can buy their product here and if you are in Canada, here.