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Olive oil from Jordan, Syria or Lebanon, where to find?

Janine Dec 13, 2009 09:08 AM

hi all,

My friend had brought me back a bottle from Jordan and I'm out. She tells me it's hard to find olive oil made of olives from these areas. In fact, she hasn't found any here.

If anyone knows, you would know..so can I find it anywhere here?


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    mossiecat Dec 15, 2009 04:31 PM

    I get Zatoun, Palestinian olive oil at Ten Thousand Villages. I go to the store on Bloor, a little east of the Bloor Theatre. The website http://zatoun.com/ lists a number of stores carrying the oil in Toronto.

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    1. re: mossiecat
      acd123 Dec 16, 2009 06:00 AM

      Thanks for that. I've heard of Zatoun but I haven't tried it yet. I drive by ten thousand villages every day so I'll pick some up today. Is that the one they carry at Fiesta Farms too?

      Any recommendations on Israeli products? Our favourites are Kvutzat Yavneh and B'nei Darom brands of cracked green olives. They are AMAZING and available at Loblaws as well as many other stores.

      1. re: mossiecat
        sinjawns Dec 16, 2009 06:21 AM

        Zatoun is a really nice oil-- a current fave.

        1. re: mossiecat
          Janine Dec 16, 2009 08:02 PM

          Thanks for the suggestions. I will check the store on Queen Street and Danforth. I have bought the Zatoun before. It doesn't taste the same as the olive oil I am speaking of.

          1. re: Janine
            Organic Sam Jul 8, 2010 02:35 PM

            Town & Country Market Show border

            3355 Hurontario St #8, Mississauga, ON, L5A 4E7

            you will find some for the best Mid East organic olive oils

            Town & Country Restaurant
            231 Durnham S, Madoc, ON K0K, CA

            1. re: Organic Sam
              pippineast Jul 9, 2010 01:40 PM

              Easy to find Lebanese, which I now buy all the time, and maybe Jordanian/Syrian at Arz on Lawrence East - fantastic Lebanese grocery store, large selection of olive oils from that area, as well as best pita bread in Toronto.

              1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

              1. re: pippineast
                dxs Jul 9, 2010 01:51 PM

                Can you recommend a good Lebanese olive oil? I always check out the selection at Arz but have no idea which to try.

                1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

        2. jayt90 Dec 14, 2009 07:23 PM

          Nasr carried all three in their heyday. I haven't been there for over a year.

          1996 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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            Tatai Dec 13, 2009 10:40 AM

            Israeli olive oil is readily available in the kosher sections of supermarkets and at Jewish/kosher/Israeli food shops. It's usually excellent and is made from the olives of that little country -- Israel -- that borders on all of those you've mentioned.

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            1. re: Tatai
              DanieDines Dec 13, 2009 12:33 PM

              The olive shop near the Danforth is called Olive and Olive Oil. It's at 585 Jones Ave. at Danforth. The owners are from Turkey and the olives are organically cultivated there.
              They have olive soap as well. I've passed by there many times but did not have time to stop.
              Will have to go soon. Would make a nice hostess gift.

              1. re: DanieDines
                foodyDudey Dec 13, 2009 04:26 PM

                Are you sure that store is still there? Maybe they moved close by, as there is now someone selling used pinball machines at that location.

                1. re: foodyDudey
                  millygirl Dec 13, 2009 04:37 PM

                  They moved on to Danforth, right beside The Only Cafe.

                  1. re: millygirl
                    DanieDines Dec 13, 2009 06:03 PM

                    That's great news, now it's even closer to me. Have not been by Jones since August. Things sure change fast. I am looking forward to trying their products.
                    Thanks for the update, saved me a trip in the wrong direction.

              2. re: Tatai
                acd123 Dec 13, 2009 08:47 PM

                I agree that Israeli olive oil is excellent. I have a bottle that I picked up at the market in Tel Aviv this summer. It's almost finished and and I would love to get some more. The brand is called Artol (http://www.oliveboard.org.il/catalog/...). Yeah, my research skills are good. I got enough info off the label to search until I found it :-)

                So lets add Israel to the list. Although there is a 99.9% chance I won't find the one I currently have, I'm sure there are other great brands. Does anyone if there are any excellent Israeli olive oils available in TO and where they can be purchased? Or Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian, whatever...

                1. re: acd123
                  jamesm Dec 14, 2009 11:11 AM

                  I'm not sure of the varieties available but the Olive Pit on Queen may be worth calling to inquire. They have a pretty wide range of great products.

                  1. re: acd123
                    Kasia Dec 14, 2009 11:23 AM

                    you can also find Palestinian olive oil at Fiesta Farms.

                    1. re: Kasia
                      acd123 Dec 14, 2009 07:05 PM

                      Thanks. I've seen that Fiesta Farms carries several israeli and palestinian products. I'll try the palestinian olive oil next time I'm there, which will defiinitely be this week. But do you know where I can buy good Israeli olive oil? I guess that Israel and palestine are so close geographically that they must be very similar. Is there are difference?

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                  millygirl Dec 13, 2009 09:23 AM

                  There is an olive oil shop on Danforth at Donlands but I can't recall the name. Perhaps they might carry some, and perhaps someone else can help with the name of the store. A quick search might even find a thread on it because I know it's been mentioned before on here.

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