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Moroccan Olive Oil?

Matthew T Jun 27, 2003 05:49 PM

Last year my sister brought back an amazing Olive Oil from Morocco. A deep dark green, with sediments collecting in the bottom of its plastic container. The most pungent, great tasting olive oil I've ever had. Apparantly a common market item over there. Think its possible to find it around NYC?

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    AdinaA Jan 9, 2014 11:34 AM

    Any current tips on who sells Moroccan green olive oil in Manhattan (or Brooklyn)?

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      princeofpork3 Jan 9, 2014 02:02 PM

      Fairway sells 40 differnt kinds. Not sure about Morroccan but worth a look.

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        Ttrockwood Jan 9, 2014 07:16 PM

        And you can taste most of them before buying too!

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        thegforceny Jan 9, 2014 06:01 PM

        I've seen it at Sahadi's in Brooklyn Heights.

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        stel Aug 18, 2003 01:42 AM

        Matthew: I know exactly what you are talking about. We were in Morocco in March 2003. In Asilah I asked a waiter in a restaurant about the olive oil we were served as a dipping oil. It was dynamite. He sold me a bottle for $4. It is fantastic. I consider myself a pretty good judge of olive oil. I like a hearty, srong, olive flavor. This beats most (if not all) Italian oils I have had -- and I brought many back from Italy. In my search for this Moroccan olive oil, the only oil I could get from a speciality store was a Lebanese oil --definitely not the same.
        I'm Italian and proud of my heritage. To some, it almost seems impossible that I would say this Moroccan oil is better. Friends who come to my home take the taste test, and they are surprised to find this Moroccan oil more pungent, tasting like real olives. I just emptied the bottle (plastic) and have saved the label. It's in Arabic, but I will search for it. I don't know if all Moroccan oils are this flavorful or just this brand. If I ever return to Morocco this is #1 on my "to buy" list. Hopefully, I will find it stateside. Let me know how you make out on your search. Stel

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          Jafar Sep 4, 2003 09:05 PM

          Gentelmen you are right I'm moroccan and I had the same experience like you. ileaved in the U.S. for 20 years.The name of the olive oil(the way it is spelled in the bottle)OUED SOUSS HUILE D"OLIVE COURANTE,it is dark green in a plastic bottle . It is from the berbers atlas mountains fantastic.

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            stel Sep 8, 2003 01:47 AM

            This is in response to Jafar who posted a reply on September 4th. The label on the bottle is orange and green and has a woman holding a branch of olives in each hand. The label is written in Arabic so I don't know what it is. Your response may be a big help in my finding it. I bought two other brands in grocery stores in Morocco. Their labels are in Arabic and French. But the oil is not as wonderfully fantastic as the one I picked up in the restaurant in Asilah. I will keep looking, Stel (I just returned from Toronto, Canada, and inquired in every ethnic grocery store I saw. No luck. Lots of Greek, Portuguese, Spanish olive oil -- not one Moroccan.)

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              Daphne Lynch Aug 15, 2004 05:27 PM

              I found some Moroccan olive oil in Montreal that was the best I've ever tasted. I bought it (2 liters) at $10.00 U.S. I've been looking in vain on on-line stores to find it, to no avail. If you want some fantastic Moroccan olive oil, go to the "Jean Talon" market in Montreal.

              The name of the olive oil was "Moulay Idriss" virgin olive oil. Unfortunaely, the "idiotic" FDA here in the U.S., (they have no clue about anything) has restrictions on anything delicious. It is a fruity, dark green olive oil and unbelievably richly delicious."

              In Toronto, you may have better luck than me in finding this olive oil. The next time I go up to Montreal, I plan on bringing back 1/2 dozen bottles.


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          missmasala Jul 9, 2003 09:23 PM

          don't know about moroccan evoo in particular, but a couple of things to keep in mind as you look:

          if it had sediment and you like that then look for an "unfiltered" kind.

          What you described sounds like what is known in Italy as "new oil" a particularly pungent, peppery fruity oil that you can buy in the fall after olive harvest. It tends to be seasonal. If you do find some, buy two bottles and keep one in your freezer. A friend from Tuscany who always had excellent new oil from his family's olive trees kept his extra bottles in the deep freeze at his hospital. (he was a doc). They kept that fabulous peppery taste and crazy milky yellow/green color for the whole year!

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            Guy G Jun 27, 2003 11:56 PM

            Almost any brand of "Italian" olive oil has some olive oil from around the world, including Morocco.

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              bobjbkln Jun 28, 2003 01:08 AM

              I think that the best selection of mid-priced olive oils (between $3 and $5 per liter) which should include the Moroccan oils can be found at Sahadi's on Atlantic Ave. between Court and Clinton in Brooklyn.

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                Jonathan Saw Jul 9, 2003 02:49 PM

                Of course if you don't want to go to Brooklyn, Olivier & Co. has a wide selection of olive oils from around the Mediterranean. You'll definitely pay more though.

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                  Charlie B Sep 19, 2003 10:19 PM

                  Kalyustan (Lex & 27 or so) sells a very light soft
                  Moroccan olive oil, Aicha huile d'olive, vierge extra,
                  delightful but pricey, 11.39/litre.

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