7/23/2013 11:50:00 AM

Artisans in Austin: Texas Olive Ranch

There’s no need to go all the way to Italy when you can find great olive oils right here in Texas. For example, take the Texas Olive Ranch, which makes 100% pure Texas extra-virgin olive oil (known as EVOO in the biz). The ranch grows arbequina and arbosana Spanish olives as well as Greek koroneiki olives, and they harvest them mechanically using a modified grape harvester.
Since, as we all know, Texas can get a bit, um, hot, the olives are ready to be harvested in the first week in September. From Hill Country herb garden olive oil to black-and-white-blackberry-infused white balsamic vinegar to olive trees, they know their business.

The ranch itself is a bit of a drive from Austin proper (think closer to San Antonio), but you can find the olive oils at the farmer's markets around town.

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