Olive oil imbibes the Lebanese culture and constitutes an integral element in sustaining the livelihood of the Lebanese people for generations. It is an essential ingredient added to virtually every dish. For Lebanese people, there’s no such a thing as too much olive oil. We use it profusely in our meals, savor it and enjoy its health benefits.
The olive was first domesticated in the area where present-day Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey meet on the eastern littoral of the Mediterranean Sea. Groves were soon cultivated on the slopes of Mount Lebanon and became so productive that the Phoenicians built round-bottomed ships, called gauloi, to carry their bounty west to Greece, Italy, Tunisia, and Spain. They also brought the knowledge and seeds that spread the olive throughout the Mediterranean.
The products of the olive tree were the basis of the sea’s commerce. Writers such as Herodotus, Plutarch, and Ovid praise the olive while mute amphora scattered on the seabed testify that the trade flourished long before Phoenicia taught the West to write. The descendants of the Phoenicians still tend groves laid out by their distant ancestors. Genetic analysis confirms what Lebanese tradition always maintained: the souri olive is the source from which all other varieties came. This is the heritage of Oleavanti.
This is the heritage of Oleavanti
We use state-of-the-art technology and apply scientific principles in olive oil production, from olive harvesting, to milling, bottling, storage, and transportation.
Carol Saadé, our Founder and Chief Science Officer, has been leading the harvest and optimizing milling conditions to extract premium extra-virgin olive oil of the highest quality, year after year. Proper control of environmental factors such as temperature, oxygen, light, and hygiene through the process are critical to making the best possible oil.
Our olive oil exceeds the International Olive Council standards for extra-virgin olive oil category as demonstrated by rigorous analytical testing and sensory evaluation by a certified panel. Scoring a delicate balance in fruitiness, pungency, and bitterness, our luxurious olive oils reflect our rigorous practices at the grove, in the press, during storage and distribution. This ensures our customers get purity, authenticity, and consistent outstanding quality in every bottle.
Extra-virgin olive oil is rich in phenolic compounds that protect the oil from oxidation, confer beneficial properties to human health, and are responsible for its pungent, astringent, and bitter sensory characteristics. Oleocanthal, one of the phenolic compounds, is responsible for the pungency of olive oil and contributes anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This compound is naturally inherent in early-harvest olives has anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen. High quality extra-virgin olive oil also naturally contains α-tocopherols (vitamin E), which also give the oil stability and are another source of antioxidants in the body.
Extra-virgin olive oil is the healthiest oil on the planet. It is nothing but the juice of the olive fruit. Unlike oils made from seeds, vegetables, and tropical fruits, olive oil is a perfectly balanced blend of monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid), polyunsaturated (ω-6) fatty acids (linoleic acid), polyunsaturated (ω-3) fatty acids (α-linolenic acid). The presence of other compounds like polyphenols and tocopherols (vitamin E) are unique to fresh extra-virgin olive oil and have invaluable health-promoting properties.
Olive oil is the soul of the Mediterranean diet. Scientific studies have suggested that extra-virgin olive oil may increase immunity, help reduce inflammation, blood pressure, the risk of cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease, lower cholesterol, and benefit the skin.
At Oleavanti, we strive for authenticity and excellence!
At Oleavanti, technology combines with centuries of craftsmanship rooted in the land to make the world’s most luxurious and aromatic olive oil.
Our oils embottle the Phoenician soul in every drizzle shared with friends and family. This is what Oleavanti is about, honoring our ancient heritage, the birthplace of the olive tree, and creating memorable experiences with our customers.