Olive oil is an essential part of almost everyone’s pantry, yet it can be an ingredient we take for granted. How much thought do you really put into the olive oil you use?
When we were contacted by Pomora, and given the opportunity to sample some of their olive oils we were thrilled. But it was really after tasting the oils, cooking with them, and reading about them, that we really learnt that all olive oils are not created equal.
These days’ consumers are savvier; they want to know how a product made its way to their table. They also want products that are ethical, and sustainable. Pomora has found a way to do exactly that; a way of bringing an extremely high quality product straight to discerning consumers, while still paying the growers fair wages.
All Pomora olive oil is made by two, small, independent olive growers in Italy. After the oil is made, it is shipped directly from the presses to Pomora headquarters in the UK, and then to the consumer, creating an intentionally short supply chain. This guarantees the consumer a genuine, pure, and fresh olive oil as the final product can be traced all the way back to the farmer, the grove, and the trees from which it came.
So how do you purchase Pomora olive oil? You adopt an olive tree! When you adopt a tree you are investing in the farm, the farmer, and the product. And your gift? Quarterly deliveries of amazing oil! If you aren’t ready to commit to adopting a tree, you can also foster a tree, but once you try this incredible olive oil, we bet it will be hard for you to go back to anything else! Each quarterly shipment consists of 3 x 250ml unique tins of oil. Over the year you get to sample new oil, two sets of flavored oils, and extra virgin olive oil. The New Oil (Olio Nuovo) is their youngest, and freshest oil, bottled directly after harvest. The extra virgin olive oil is rich with complex flavours with a healthy finishing kick. The varieties of flavoured oil vary seasonally. The Spring flavours include infusions such as lemon (Al Limone), rosemary (Al Rosmarino), and chili (Al Peperoncino). The Autumn flavours include infusions such as basil (Al Basilico), garlic (Al Aglio), and the decadent white truffle (Tartufo Bianco).
If you have not had a chance to try a high quality olive oil before, you will be amazed at the difference in taste from your average supermarket olive oil. A good olive oil has flavours that are complex, rich, and deep; much like a fine wine. To learn the best way to taste your oil, check out this How To Guide. Have your own taste test comparing between a generic store brought brand of olive oil, and Pomora and see how a high quality product compares. Pay close attention to fruitiness, bitterness, and pungency, olive oil’s three primary dimensions. You will be amazed at the difference!
The What’s What
What is Pomora?
Pomora is a high end, high quality olive oil distributer.
What are the health benefits of olive oil?
Olive oil is a completely natural, plant-based product, and the foundation of the Mediterranean diet where people enjoy lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and have longer life expectancies. New research even suggests that olive oil can protect against cancer.
What types of Pomora Olive Oil are being reviewed?
We had a chance to sample the Olio Nuovo, and three flavored oils, rosemary (Al Rosmarino), chili (Al Peperoncino), and lemon (Al Limone).
What makes Pomora Olive Oil better than other brands?
Two independent growers in Italy, utilizing generations of experience using traditional methods, grow the olives, and make the olive oil. Fresh pressed oil is packaged, shipped to Pomora headquarters in the UK, and then shipped to consumers. This farm to the table approach ensures the customer a final product which is pure, fresh, and of the best quality.
What is the nutritional profile of Pomora Olive Oil?
A 1 tbsp (15ml) serving of Pomora Olive Oil has 14 grams of fat (2 grams saturated, 2 grams polyunsaturated, 10 grams monounsaturated), and 120 calories.
Product Review Q&A
1. When I first heard about Pomora Olive Oil I thought:
Sandhya: It was an incredibly unique, and clever concept. I also was extremely excited to try the oils as Adam, and I had just recently discovered how delicious a high end olive oil can taste.
Jennifer: I thought the idea of adopting an olive tree was a very unique, and direct way to receive high quality olive oil from Italy!
2. I love using Pomora Olive Oil for/in:
Sandhya: Everything! Any recipe that calls for oil is uplifted, and updated by using Pomora’s olive oil. To be honest, I have been using it like liquid gold, and have been very partial about which recipes it gets used in.
Jennifer: I love testing all the Pomora Olive Oil we received, and creating new recipes has been fun too. I’ve been adding them to several of my usual recipes swapping it in rather then our store bought brand. The quality and flavour difference is definitely noticeable.
3. I would like to try using it in:
Sandhya: Salad dressing or simply as a garnish to drizzle on top of roasted vegetables or hummus. I would also love to have my own olive oil tasting at home with friends, and family to showcase the difference between a regular olive oil versus a high end olive oil.
Jennifer: I would like to try the Pomora Olive Oil in more various dressings and vinaigrettes, recipes that will allow the richness of the oil flavour to shine through.
4. My favorite thing about Pomora Olive Oil is:
Sandhya: The taste, hands down. All of the oils were delicious. The flavoured oils were very fun to use as they all carried their respective flavours without being overwhelming or artificial tasting. I also love that Pomora olive oil it is an ethical product, and that the farmers are paid fair wages. I think adopting a tree is a such a fun, and unique idea and I think it would make a fantastic gift for a fellow foodie!
Jennifer: The flavoured oils! Especially the chili one, because it’s perfect for adding some heat to our meals if the recipe already calls for an oil. Whenever I used the chili oil in a recipe, I also wouldn’t feel the need to reach for that beloved srirracha sauce.
5. My least favorite thing about Pomora Olive Oil is:
Sandhya: The size of the container! I would love to use Pomora olive oil in all my cooking but the small tins make me want to hoard it. Also, I am hoping that they will eventually be able to ship to Canada which would make it easier to access, and gift for us Canadians.
Jennifer: Hmm, the only thing I don’t like is the calories involved! But that’s with all olive oil, so you just have to use it wisely. My least favourite could also be that they don’t currently ship to Canada, so hopefully that will change in the near future!
6. I would rate Pomora Olive Oil ? out of 5 because:
Sandhya: 5 out of 5 Because of many factors. I love what it stands for, as the slogan says “conceived by nature, nurtured by hand”. I love that the growers, and their generations of knowledge are valued and respected. I love that the olive oil the consumer receives can be traced back to the trees it came from. But what I love the MOST about it is that it is so very delicious! The taste is so clean, rich, and pure, it honestly tastes nothing like the olive oil you buy at the grocery store. Everyone needs to try this oil, it’s life changing for a foodie!
Jennifer: 5 out of 5 Because the flavour truly is of high quality and so rich tasting. The flavoured oils can be easily added to so many dishes to give a boost of flavor or for simply enjoying them with some fresh hardy bread. As well I think the concept of Pomora is brilliant, providing a direct route to purchase amazing olive oil from small, independent growers in Italy.
Pomora Olive Oil Two Ways
A few recipes we’ve come up while using Pomora’s Olive Oil: