Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Made In Arizona!

The Queen Creek Olive Mill
This is family owned and makes the most fantastic, fresh extra virgin olive oil you will ever taste! Their olive grove is in Queen Creek at the base of the San Tan Mountains, where there is rich, fertile soil, long sunny days and cool desert nights, making it an ideal location for their trees.

Perry Rea is the owner who was once an auto parts exec but has since created a signature oil that is used in over a hundred local restaurants. His oil is a blend of Pendolino, Lucca, Frantoio and Mission olives and is known for its fruity beginning, grassy smell and peppery finish.

Queen Creek Olive Mill is located at 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek, telephone number 480-756-6998 and their website is You can also find their olive oils at some grocery stores, including Whole Foods.

Homer, the ancient Greek poet called it “liquid gold” and in the Mediterranean, it has been more than just food: it has been medicinal, magical and an endless source of fascination and wonder and the fountain of great wealth and power.

The Green Valley Pecan Company
I love pecans! Pecan pie has to be my favorite dessert! The Green Valley Pecan Company is located in the Sonoran Desert just 15 miles south of Tucson and has been operating since 1948. Another family owned business, they focus on supplying their customers with the highest quality of nuts they can, which means they not only grow the pecans, but they also have an on-site processing and storage plant.

Not only are pecans, with their rich, buttery taste good for eating fresh or baking, they are a really good source of protein and unsaturated fats. They have been known to lower the risk of gallstones in women and the antioxidants and plant sterols found in them can reduce high cholesterol. So, they are tasty and healthy – as long as you don’t think eat them in the form of a pecan pie every day!!!

The Green Valley Pecan Company
1625 E. Sahuarita Rd., Sahuarita, Arizona 85629

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