What is meant by "extra virgin"?
The term extra virgin denotes a certain quality of olive oil; however, unless an oil has been certified by the California Olive Oil Council or the International Olive Council, that standard of quality is not guaranteed. The processing of the olives and oil, its acidity level and taste and flavor profile are some of the factors that determine whether an olive oil is extra virgin. For a more detailed description of the requirements for certification, please read about Our Oils.
What varietals are in the oil? Why?
Our Traditional extra virgin olive oil is a blend of six Italian varietals: Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Maurino, Leccio del Corno and Coratina. Those olives help create the rich mouth feel and fruity, peppery, pungent flavor profile that we desire. Our Olio Nuovo is a slightly different blend of some of those same olives each year, depending on which fruit is ready for harvest as it begins. The olives used in our Limited Edition oil vary from year to year.
What are the best ways to use McEvoy Ranch extra virgin olive oil?
While we often use our oil as a wonderful last note on a dish (a "finishing oil"), you should feel free to use it for cooking at medium or low temperatures, whenever the flavor profile will complement your recipe. We include suggestions in each box of our oil to inspire your cooking endeavors.
How should I store the oil? How long will it last?
Olive oil should be kept covered and stored in a cool, dark place. We recommend using our oil within 2 years of the harvest date.
Can I visit the ranch?
Visits to the ranch are limited to our public tours and select open house and special event days. Visit our Tours section and sign up for our newsletter below to stay informed about happenings at the ranch.
Do you host events?
The ranch is a private residence and is not available as an event location at this time.
Will McEvoy Ranch donate to my organization?
Since our establishment in 1990, we have been strongly committed to supporting the local community. For more information about our donation policy and eligibility criteria, please visit our Donation Requests page.