Welcome to Ivy& Forte Olive Oil Brands Company
A creative, world-class taste has blossomed in the agricultural heartland of Northern California. We are pushed through the surface in 2009 and is swiftly earning a reputation for its innovative line of handcrafted gourmet products.
Behind this refined harvest of dozens of Infused California Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Balsamic Vinegars and other gourmet accompaniments are my best friend partners Alka and Arek. Their flair for creating the perfect combinations of taste and texture begins, in their words, “with everything we love from our upbringing and family.”
Brought up to appreciate the value of food in family life, we have travelled extensively to bring home more of the world’s finest flavor the sweet, the savory, the spicy, and the just plain “wow!” Combine these food-wise travelers with a commitment to fresh, regional ingredients, and up springs Sutter Buttes and Ivy&Forte Olive Oil Brands Company.
They have designed their condiments for the gourmet as well as for the general food lover. Their use of simple, but extraordinary ingredients can elevate home cooking to star status.
Providing artisan products means always having access to the freshest ingredients, including the finest California EVOO.
It also means a continue commitment to handcrafting each and every batch. This is the promise and the taste at the heart of Ivy&Forte Olive Oil Brands Company.
Their Extra Virgin Olive Oils are of the highest quality available on the market. Fruit for these oils is grown within a 30-mile radius from the Yolo County, a Sacramento Valley volcanic formation created 300 million years ago. This area is known for its abundance of fruit orchards which directly influences the flavor of oils.
Arbequina, their signature olive oil, is mild in its intensity with a distinct fruit fragrance. It continuously achieves acidity levels below 0.3% (0.8% minimum to be Extra Virgin). Fruit is mechanically harvested and processed as early as 1 hour after picking.
State of the art modern machinery and prompt pressing guarantee that California Extra Virgin Olive Oils produced by Sutter Buttes and Ivy&Forte Olive Oil Company. are of the highest quality as proven by many awards in the international arena.
Olive Oil in California
It began in the mid-1700s, when Spanish Jesuits brought the Mediterranean fruit to Mexico. Toward the end of that century, Franciscan padres from Mexico established the California mission at San Diego de Alcala, where they probably planted the first olive cuttings or seeds. The first oil was most likely pressed at the missions around 1800.
There were a mere 500 trees in California in 1785: 5,600 in 1876: and half a million at the turn of the century. Nowadays we don't count trees, we count acres, so an exact comparison is impossible.
There are, however, about 65,000 acres devoted to olive trees alone. Subsequently in the past 150 years, trees have been planted in several waves along with interest in olives and olive oil. Many of these older groves (80-150 years old) still exist in California. Most are in Northern California.
In recant years extra high density orchards have been introduced in California with 600 to 650 trees per acre. Varieties that are grown in that method are Arbequina, Arbosana and Korneiki.
Athens is named for the Goddess Athena who brought the olive to the Greeks as a gift. Zeus had promised to give Attica to the god or goddess who made the most useful invention.
Athena's gift of the olive, useful for light, heat, food, medicine and perfume was picked as a more peaceful invention than Poseidon's horse - touted as a rapid and powerful instrument of war.
Athena planted the original olive tree on a rocky hill that we know today as the Acropolis. The olive tree that grows there today is said to have come from the roots of the original tree.
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