Lucero California Olive Oil
Lucero California Olive Oil is located in Corning, California (aka “The Olive City”). We have ventured to this part of Northern California to witness the olive trees in bloom and celebrate the start of a new harvest season. This little slice of California has quite a history in olive folklore. While touring the olive groves, we find out more about Lucero California Olive Oil.
Once Upon a Time, Not Long Ago…
Lucero California Olive Oil was founded in 2005. What started out as a small family operation has grown to become one of the most recognized olive oil companies in the world. Lucero’s ancient olive groves of Sevillano trees were imported from Spain over 100 years ago and are some of the oldest olive groves in Northern California. With the addition of Super-High Density Groves which increases the amount of trees planted, olives harvested, and oil production compared to a traditional grove, Lucero California Olive Oil has transcended to another level.
A Well Oiled Machine
The olives used to make Lucero California Olive Oil are picked, pressed, bottled, and labeled at their on-site olive mill. The olives are pressed within 24 hours of picking for ultimate freshness. The harvest date is applied to the bottles to ensure you, as a consumer, are made aware of the date of harvest. Why is this important? This date guarantees you are buying olive oil at the peak of its freshness with polyphenols (healthy antioxidants) at their highest levels. All of Lucero’s olive oils are extra virgin and are certified by the Olive Oil Commission of California. The majority of their oils have won awards and medals of Silver and Gold from various associations such as The California Olive Oil Council, The Fancy Food Show, and County Fair Competitions in Yolo, Napa, and Los Angeles. With the competitive growth of the olive oil industry in California, this alone speaks volumes of the high quality EVOO that Lucero produces.
We were impressed by the Spring Bloom Event that was meticulously choreographed. From start to finish, no detail was missed. There was something for everyone to enjoy the day from the grove tours, local food and wine to enjoy at the picnic tables, crafts for the children, live music to entertain, tours of the mill and bottling facility, and an upscale retail store with rows of shiny stainless tanks (fustis) filled with olive oils and balsamic vinegars for you to try before you buy. A full staff was readily awaiting to answer questions and assist you in your selections. The store was pristine with fully stocked shelves of beautifully labeled bottles, proudly flaunting the awards they have won. These little details made us feel we were buying truly special and unique products that Lucero California Olive Oil took pride in showcasing.
Enjoy the day at a truly local farm with local flavor and visit the original Lucero California Olive Oil Mill. They also have store locations in Napa California and Portland Oregon for a full tasting experience. If a visit isn’t possible, check out their website (www.lucerooliveoil.com) to find out about other events that they have planned throughout the year. You can also buy direct from their website or sign up for their Olive Oil Club to receive quarterly shipments with a variety of Lucero California Olive Oils, Balsamic Vinegars, Little Thief Mustards, Tapenades, and more!
We found scrumptious goodies in every corner. Our favorite pick this season? Chocolate Infused Olive Oil drizzled over fresh strawberries with a sprinkle of Strawberry White Balsamic Vinegar served over vanilla ice cream. Yum! Or, how about using the chocolate olive oil the next time you bake a cake for added chocolaty flavor? The strawberry balsamic vinegar in your next summer fruit salad? Need we say more? Good times, good food, and good job, Lucero!
Photographs taken by The Grove & Co. at Lucero California Olive Oil in Corning, CA.