Olive wood is an exotic wood native to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The wood is hard and strong, and it’s long been a favorite for religious, historical, and artistic artifacts. It finishes very smoothly, to a high polish. Because of the value of the actual fruit, healthy fruit-bearing olive trees are not usually harvested for lumber. Instead, harvesters of olive wood look for trees that are not bearing fruit but instead are marked with consistent burl – a rounded knotty growth on a tree, giving an attractive figure when polished and used especially for handcrafted objects and veneers.
Although its been around for centuries, olive wood has been gaining popularity in the kitchen over the past few years. Olive wood has fantastic working characteristics, making it a favorite for use in the kitchen, as its pores are extremely dense so as not to absorb the various scents and flavors of every food it comes in contact with. What makes this hardwood so unique is the extraordinary grain pattern of each individual piece, as well as the distinctive aroma that it gives off (but doesn’t interfere with the food you’re preparing). It even becomes darker, richer, and more beautiful in color as it ages, especially when treated with olive oil after cleaning. If you’re looking for a gift for a home chef, foodie or anyone who loves to cook and eat, check out our epicurean line of olive wood gifts!
Made from a solid piece of olive wood, the natural oils in this mortar and pestle are more hygienic for food than any other wood or plastic. The unique grains in each piece have been aged and treated with olive oil to create an enduring, beautiful addition to any home chef’s kitchen. Presented with a companion butcher’s grinding blend of shallots, peppercorn and coarse sea salt, this epicurean gift is truly one-of-a-kind.
Your favorite home cook can keep artisanal salts close at hand in the kitchen with this epicurean set that’s completely exclusive to GiftTree. Handcrafted of richly grained olive wood with an oil finish and a magnetic swiveling lid, this salt cellar is joined by two jars of Portland, Oregon’s own Jacobsen salts – a lemon zest sea salt, perfect for chicken, salmon or pasta, and a pure flake finishing salt, the foundation of all seasoning. Presented in our signature gift crate, this collection promises to have any gourmand raving.
Handcrafted from a single piece of olive wood, this salt mill has a completely unique grain, much like a fingerprint. Paired with a jar of Jacobsen Salt Co.’s Coarse Grinding Salt, hand-harvested on the Oregon coast, this gift gives the perfect seasoning of clean, bright and briny salt flavor to any dish.
In the Pacific Northwest, the climate is perfect for orchards to burst with pears, berries, quince and hazelnuts. Our Oregon growers have created three fresh fruit pâtés, a delicacy that’s perfect on bread or crackers, and an even better accompaniment to fine aged cheeses. With an olive wood serving spoon that will never upset the delicate balance of flavors in the fruit, these pâtés are nestled in our exclusive birchwood crate, creating a lovely gift for foodies or any sophisticated sweet tooth.
Infused with Irish Cream liqueur, Mileeven’s natural raw honey is absolutely perfect drizzled into tea or onto a scone, using the included olive wood honey dipper. One of the hardest woods in the world, olive wood’s superfine pores make it the perfect material for use in the kitchen.
Quaint and cute and perfect for housewarming gifts, host gifts or any home baker, our Perfect Apple Pie Crate is filled with absolutely everything needed to bake a comforting apple pie – Washington apple pie filling, Pie Provisions crust mix, ceramic pie baking plate, checkered dish cloth and a perfect olive wood rolling pin that will provide years and years of usefulness in the kitchen.
Do you have any olive wood in your kitchen? What do you use it for?