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A Visit to a French Olive Farm

A traditional olive mill in L'Escarène, France.

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful—freezing rain and sleet are pelting down. I may be trapped indoors, but at least I can take a mental vacation from this harsh New England winter by reading travel blogs. Today, I visited Nice, France, with Rosa Jackson. In this post from her Edible Adventures blog, Rosa takes us on a tour of an organic olive farm and a traditional mountain stream-water-powered stone olive mill. There’s a lot of great information about olive oils in the post, including how to taste an oil for the presence of heart-healthy antioxidant phenols. It’s a flavor I’ve noticed in lots of oils before, but I didn’t know what it was until now. Caution: If you’re not already an olive oil snob, you might be after reading this post.

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