Belle Farms’ estate-grown Tuscan-style olive oil again took home top honors at a prestigious New York competition, with judges singing the praises of the “distinct and well-balanced oil with a delicate, peppery finish.”
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Watsonville olive oil producer Belle Farms has won a gold medal for the fourth year in a row at the NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets website reports. The NYIOOC is the largest and most prestigious olive oil quality contest and judges more than a thousand olive oils from 28 countries every year. It applauded Belle Farms’ estate-grown Tuscan-style olive oil as “a distinct and well-balanced oil with a delicate, peppery finish” with notes of fresh herbs, olive leaf, mint, oregano and parsley. The judges suggest pairing it with asparagus, soft cheeses, cauliflower soup, drizzled over grilled or steamed vegetables, meat and fish and enjoyed with crusty, rustic bread. Congratulations to owners and farmers Steve and Marguerite Remde on their win.
In my 2021 gift guide for foodies, I noted that Belle Farms olive oil makes a great gift, so if you’re a last-minute shopper, head to your local Santa Cruz County grocery store or the Aptos farmers market on Saturdays at Cabrillo College to pick up a bottle. Find out more at bellefarms.com.