Olives, Botija Sun-dried, PITTED (raw, certified organic) - 7 oz. jar - ELF
These succulent artisanal raw olives are rich in heart-healthy nutrients.
Tree-ripened and cured in sea salt and spring water (unlike modern olives cured with harsh chemicals), these sun-dried beauties are hand-pitted for easy snacking.
They're the perfect pairing for snacks, salads, soups, wine, cheese, hors d'oeuvres and more!
Succulent black olives — pitted and sun-dried for easy snacking.
Sun-ripened and traditionally cured in sea salt and glacier spring water
Satisfying moist & chewy texture.
Convenient dried snack for hiking, lunch boxes, or traveling.
Dry-packed with a spritz of olive oil
Perfect pairing for snacks, salads, soups, wine, cheese, hors d'oeuvres and more
Peruvian olive experts Jose “Pepe” Vico
and his wife Margit used innovative permaculture techniques to turn a 48
acre stretch of salted desert soil into a sustainable oasis of
biodiversity — the first organic olive farm in Peru.
Blanca," their name for this beautiful stretch of Peruvian coastal
desert, has never been exposed to chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Instead, the Vicos use sustainable agriculture practices to keep the
soil rich and to make their olive products simply delicious. Not only is
it organic, the farm is EurepGAP Certified for "Good Agricultural
Practices," and all its olive products are certified Kosher
The entire farm is a sustainable circle of
interdependance, filled with the fragrant scents of citrus, eucalyptus
and fig trees that are planted along with the olive trees, creating a
biodiversity that is ideal for protecting the olives and enhancing their
flavor. Vico pioneered a unique compost made from pruning of the olive
trees, along with rich manure from the farm's goats, sheep, and horses
(who are only given organic feed). It takes a year for this compost to
“cook,” but it provides the perfect nutrients for the soil without
damaging the environment. For insect prevention, Vico uses a special
spray made from an extract of olive leaves that he created himself.
pioneering organic methods also increased the yields with four to seven
year old trees producing as much as a typical twelve year old tree.
Heirloom Botija Olives
The Vicos have cultivated a rare strain of
olive tree. These "Botija" trees are the hardiest we’ve ever seen, and
they produce large, plum-like olives with a robust flavor and meaty
Careful handling and processing ensures excellent
flavor and incredible health benefits. Every olive is manually harvested
and meticulously hand-pitted, then prepared with traditional
"lacto-fermentation," using only sea salt and local spring water
(instead of the fast, cheap & toxic chemical methods used in the
modern olive industry). Herbed and spiced varieties are made with the
farm's own organic spices. The final product is bagged or jarred in air
and light-resistant containers, and shipped to our air-conditioned
facility in Southern California.
Our Botija olives come in two varieties:
black and green. Green olives are picked earlier in the season, before
fully ripening, to ensure a crisp texture. Black olives are picked later
in the season, after tree-ripening in the sun. This ripening process
makes the olives softer and changes their flavor characteristics.
Olives are naturally bitter and spicy because of their high antioxidant
content, so they must be "cured" before consumption. For thousands of
years, traditional olive growers have cured their olives using various
methods, including fermentation or saltwater immersion. The predominant
technique used in the modern olive industry involves immersing the
olives in successive baths of caustic lye, a highly toxic chemical (with
questionable environmental and health effects). Lye curing, although
faster and cheaper, also strips olives of their richer, subtler range of
Our olives are traditionally lacto-fermented, using only
sea salt and local spring water. After hand-harvesting, the olives are
washed and graded, then placed into large food-grade tanks with pure
local spring water and sea salt. Over time, the salt water pulls bitter
elements out of the olive flesh while naturally present probiotics
digest some of the sugars and fibers in the olives. This time-honored
technique produces a superior olive, both in terms of environmental
impact and flavor characteristics. It's also a healthier olive,
providing probiotics for improved balance of digestive flora (which may
support immune system function).
After curing, the olives are
rinsed and bottled in a mild solution of sea salt and aji spices for
shipment to our air-conditioned facility in Southern California.
ABOUT ESSENTIAL LIVING FOODS
Our olives come from the first organic farm in Peru, located in a coastal desert that has never been exposed to pesticides or toxic fertilizers. Lovingly crafted by a husband and wife, these olives are produced with time-honored techniques, giving you the finest olives in the world – and 100% organic!
At Essential Living Foods, we believe that business needs to have a positive impact on the world, using the power of commerce to improve lives, communities, and ecosystems. We strive to be a “good corporate citizen” in a multitude of ways, creating positive social impact with our business model, the partners we choose, giving back a portion of our revenues and profits, how we treat our employees, and the nutritional and healing properties of our products. Everyone who works here feels great about doing something good in the world while earning a decent living at the same time.
Essential Living Foods started as an importer of unique organic foods, and from the beginning we’ve built our business on paying fair prices to our farming partners. We do our best to go directly to the source whenever possible, bypassing middleman so we can deliver the best value to our customers AND pay premium prices to the growers. There are a few different certifying organizations out there putting a third party seal on these fair trade practices. We are working with all of them to get these seals in place, but even while that is in process, you can rest assured that your purchases from Essential Living Foods is supporting farmers through equitable trade practices!
We don’t just pay fair prices for our foods – we share our success with our farming communities by giving back a portion of what we make.
Sustainability is a big word for us. It means that we have to sustain our business, because if we aren’t profitable and growing, we won’t exist in the future to continue doing the good that we’re doing. It also means that we want to do everything we can to not deplete non-renewable resources and to rebuild and protect fragile ecosystems. We do this at the farm level by the organic agriculture techniques we use, as well as things like powering our office on solar power and buying carbon credits to offset all of our corporate air travel and all of our food import transportation carbon emissions.
Money flows around and around. We make money from the sales of our products, and we try to do as much good as we can with how and from whom we purchase our foods from. But aside from buying our amazing, healthy, organic superfoods, we also spend a lot of money each year on more mundane items like banking services, legal services, etc. We try to find companies of a like mind to ours to work with. We find that they understand us better, and hence can offer us better service, and we feel good that we can keep the prosperity flowing to other companies doing good in the world. Check out this link to see just some of these great partners we have!