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Three million tonnes of liquid gold have been produced this year and no we're not talking about bullion, we're talking about olive oil. From it's first sightings on ancient Egyptian pyramids to the many different styles and pressings today, olive oil has been a staple of life for thousands of years. With the help of oil importer and expert Tony DeMarco, Linda Pelaccio takes you on an organoleptic retrospective of one of the worlds oldest delicacies. From it's early uses helping sustain traveling Roman Armies to the recent discoveries of its health benefits and uses in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, this week's A Taste of The Past will provide you with an encyclopedic view of this amazing but hard to grow tree crop. Also, tune in for a live tasting of some of the best olive oils in the world at the end of the show! This episode is sponsored by Fairway Market.


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Today's episode of THE FOOD SEEN was taped in San Francisco at Stitcher.

Maia Hirschbein is an oleologist, an olive oil specialist. She up in San Diego with an orchard as a backyard, but it took a semester at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, for her to realize what her home state of California had to offer. A missed attempt at working wine harvest in Tuscany lead Maia to her first olive grove. Olive oil has a history over 6500 years old, but the national growth of olive trees only started in the late 1700's. Learn about Maia's work with the California Olive Ranch, educating us about how olive oil is actually more of a fruit juice, what the best times of the year are to buy a bottle, that it doesn't age like wine (so use it right away), and how taste and talk about all flavors and aromas produced by the myriad of varietals existing around the world, and blended in California. This show was brought to you by Tabard Inn

The following olive oils were tasted during this show:
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California Olive Ranch, Arbeqina
2. Laconia Crete, Pendolino, Leccino, Frantoio, Manzanillo, Mission
3. Deergnaw, Nociara, Taggiasca, Casaliva, Coratina, Picholine
4. Frantoio Grove, Frantoio


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Mediterranean cuisine, olive oil, and food writing are the topics of the day on A Taste of the Past! Linda Pelaccio is joined in the studio by food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins. Nancy has written for The New York Times, and is the author of books such as The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, The Essential Mediterranean, and an upcoming untitled book about olive oil. Hear how Mediterranean food changes from region to region, and learn why authenticity in food and food writing is so nebulous. Listen in to hear about Nancy's upcoming olive oil excursion, and how to determine olive oil quality. What food cultures excite Nancy? Visit Nancy's website, and find out on this week's installment of A Taste of the Past! This episode has been sponsored by 360 Cookware.

"What I resent more than anything else are people who go to a place and spend three weeks, and grab a bunch of recipes, and go home to write about it or set themselves up as an expert. [20:00]

"One of the worst things that has happened in the world of food media has been the entrance of the blogger." [22:00]

-- Nancy Harmon Jenkins on A Taste of the Past


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