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Olive Tree Worldhttp://www.olivetree.cc/index.html
Review by Debbie Mazo
One staple that you're bound to find in most gourmet kitchens is olive oil. Historically, olive oil has been regarded as a symbol of euphoria, victory, and even honor. The olive and its oil have been passionately embraced by many societies, including the Greek world, for the past four thousand years. Stop by the Olive Tree World, and you'll discover why olive oil has always held such a sacred place in the food traditions of many European countries.
Greeks say, "we ate bread and olives together" to represent a good friendship. Besides forging relationships, olives and olive oil also offer many health benefits. The rewards of a diet using olives were recognized as early as the days of Hippocrates, who recommended the juices of fresh olives as a cure for mental illness and poultices of macerated olives for ulcers. During the Middle Ages, olive oil was used to treat ear aches, stomach aches, and gastritis, as well as to soften calluses. Today, leading health experts present all kinds of studies on olive oil including new Italian research demonstrating that olive oil contains antioxidants, similar to those in tea and red wine, that combat disease processes.
If you like to use olive oil simply because it's flavorful, Olive Tree World offers plenty of choices for you to sample. You'll find a unique range of selections with everything from vegetarian dishes to recipes that feature the catch of the day. For a meatless dish guaranteed to please, try the Wild Mushrooms Baked in Phyllo and serve with luncheon salads or as an appetizer before a multi-course meal. Sweets lovers will find tempting choices like Orange Chocolate Truffles served with raspberry sauce. If you want to come back to the recipes later, the site includes a handy feature that lets you bookmark your favorites.
Chefs around the world value fresh ingredients and are, without a doubt, the biggest admirers of olive oil when it comes to enhancing their creations. You'll get an inside look at the world of haute cuisine when you explore articles featuring the recipes of some of the world's masters. For food fans everywhere, Olive Tree World serves up an insightful view of this culinary tradition that has graced tables around the world for centuries.
Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].
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