Olivos Del Mar Organic Sundried Black Olives
Organic olives left to ripen on the tree until they begin to darken in color. There are then hand-picked and rolled in our Extra Virgin Olive Oil and organic rock salt before being cured in the sun for up to two weeks.
Olivos Del Mar is a family company founded on the beautiful coast of Santa Barbara. The Makela’s have lived in this historic town for more than ten generations, with relatives that not only lived in the first building in Santa Barbara, El Presidio, but who had a major impact on California’s agricultural expansion. In 1851, John Emile Goux brought olives and grape vines to Santa Barbara, where he planted the very first olive orchard in Santa Barbara. While in search of an alternate Mediterranean climate away from Spain and France, John Emile came across the lovely coastline of Santa Barbara, where he staked his first claim of land and began a long line of family tradition. Chad Makela now carries on this tradition with Olivos Del Mar.
Olivos Del Mar is a CCOF and USDA approved company that produces 100% organic olives and olive oils right on the coast of Santa Barbara. We provide a well-crafted, quality product that is cautiously cared for, by hand, from the tree to the bottle. The olives that pass our inspection are carefully hand-picked and then sent through an eight to nine month salt-curing process. We utilize no chemicals (including lye) during the processing of our olives, and each product hand packed into a salt and vinegar solution that naturally preserves the olives for over three years, making for an incredibly long shelf life. Our oil is also hand-picked, then immediately sent to the press to prevent any natural refining. Our Extra Virgin Oil is therefore 100% organic, cold pressed, unfiltered and unrefined.