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A really great olive oil - today's Observer Food Mag

Harters Sep 13, 2009 03:26 AM

The Food Magazine runs a storys about how Palestinian farmers are managing, in spite of all the well known difficulties, to export their products to places like the UK.

The major product is Zaytoun olive oil and I've been buying it for some years, from specialist shops. It is, simply, the best I have come across. Not "cooking" oil - but one to keep for dressings or just to dip bread. Fab.

For local distributors:


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    Harters Mar 28, 2011 02:23 AM

    By the by, Zaytoun has become impossible to obtain over the last 12 months or so. According to two local retailers, the farmers are currently prevented, by the occupation forces, from exporting it.

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    1. re: Harters
      zuriga1 Mar 28, 2011 05:26 AM

      This website says it is in stock. Perhaps the site is not accurate? Zaytoun is listed as a Fairtrade olive oil. It would be extremely nasty for the occupiers to prevent such a product from being available.


      1. re: Harters
        Gordito Mar 28, 2011 08:36 AM

        There was plenty of it in Phoenicia on Saturday. Though I chose the Lebanese oil that I like a bit better, earthier.

        1. re: Harters
          astereilla Mar 28, 2011 12:33 PM

          I'm pretty sure I saw it in Whole Foods on High St Ken! I could be wrong, though, as I wasn't specifically looking for that brand.

          1. re: astereilla
            Jenny Sheridan Mar 29, 2011 02:07 AM

            The same co-op also makes zaatar (wild thyme, sesame, sumac, salt). Torn-up pitta or naan bread, sprinkled with olive oil and lots of zaatar and crisped in the oven makes a really nice alternative to crisps.

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          OILIVEOIL Mar 27, 2011 10:51 PM

          Hi Harters,
          I REALLY need to get a hold of that Food Magazine article about Palestinian farmers, would you happen know what issues exactly that was?
          I've looked through the 2009 issues here http://www.foodmagazine.org.uk/magazi...
          but I'm not sure exactly which issue has it.

          Please let me know as soon as you can.

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          1. re: OILIVEOIL
            t_g Mar 28, 2011 12:56 AM

            it was in the observer food monthly, not foodmagazine.org... www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/...

          2. howler Sep 13, 2009 03:31 AM

            it is lovely oil, i'd agree. btw, here's a post from earlier this morning:


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            1. re: howler
              Harters Sep 13, 2009 06:55 AM

              I've chipped in there as well.

              1. re: howler
                oonth Sep 13, 2009 06:59 AM

                I'm also a fan of Zeytoun olive oil, pick mine up from an excellent Mediterranean/Middle Eastern foodhall in Kentish Town called Phoenicia.

                And actually I'm a fan of the olive oil from the electrical store in Clerkenwell but point taken that it's comedic to assert that this is the best place on the planet to buy olive oil. Reminds me of those absurd "top 50 global restaurant" lists that periodically get published, the ones that would have us believe that Hakkasan offers the best Chinese food in the world. Mmmm, I suspect that a few folks in HK, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu et al might disagree with that contention ever so slightly!

                It's unfortunate but there's an increasing amount of lazy and garbage journalism out there these days.

                1. re: oonth
                  DietStartsTomorrow Sep 14, 2009 04:03 AM

                  HI oonth - where is the electrical store in Clerkenwell? Would like to try the olive oil....

                  1. re: DietStartsTomorrow
                    Gav Sep 14, 2009 04:47 AM

                    Turkish Embassy Electrical Supplies
                    76 Compton Street
                    London, EC1

                    020 7251 4721 www.planetmem.com

                    it says in this here OFM.

                    It's just off St John Street, the bit north of the Clerkenwell Road.

                    1. re: Gav
                      DietStartsTomorrow Sep 16, 2009 07:40 AM

                      thanks Gav - that's round the corner from me!

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