When you think of Arizona, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t olive oil. Visitors are flocking to the Queen Creek Olive Mill, a family-owned olive farm that embraces the entire olive oil-making process from “Blossom to Bottle.”
Start off your visit attending their daily “Olive Oil 101” tour, offered on the bottom of the hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You’ll learn about the qualities and standards of olive oil, health benefits, gain ideas on how to use olive oil, and learn why it's important to buy olive oil from a reputable source. If you want a truly memorable culinary experience, you can even book a private guided tasting.
Shop the marketplace and discover olive oil flavors ranging from their signature Balanced Extra Virgin Olive Oil to more unique flavors including rosemary, chocolate and bacon-infused olive oils. Also available are balsamic vinegars (the Fig Balsamic Reduction is our favorite), stuffed olives, tapenades and their very own olivespa home and body products. Fun fact: At the Olive Mill, their bottles remain on their shelves for no longer than 14 days and they blend their oils every 6 weeks and bottle it every 3 weeks. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!
If you prefer to let somebody else do the cooking for you, visit the Queen Creek Olive Mill’s eatery where you can enjoy their Old-World family recipes including their Kalamata Sandwich, which was featured on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” If you’re in the mood for something sweeter, try their Vanilla Bean Olive Oil Waffles. Of course you can’t forget dessert! Their Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cupcakes (especially the Meyer Lemon) are to die for.
The Queen Creek Olive Mill also inspires home-chefs for how olive oil can be the shining star of a meal. We love the Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Beachy Peachy Shrimp Street Tacos recipe which uses the Mill’s chili and Mexican lime olive oils and their peach white balsamic glaze.
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