Thomas Jefferson once said, "The olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven.” It would be hard to argue with the third president of the United States, especially given the olive’s multitude of uses. Olive oil can be used for anything from treating a sunburn to making delicious meals for family and friends.
Fran Avery and Melanie McMullen, owners of Crave Gourmet Baskets and Gifts, have a passion for olive oil that extends beyond that bottle of EVOO sitting in the casual cook’s kitchen cabinet. Walk into this culinary boutique and you’ll find a wide variety of different olive oils, each with a unique purpose. Fran and Melanie will happily highlight each one.
Their All Natural Organic Butter Olive Oil can be used in place of butter to cook with, giving you all the health benefits of olive oil with the taste of butter. You might choose to use their blood orange flavored oil as a substitute for butter in your favorite cupcake recipe, giving it an extra jolt of flavor.
The All Natural Coratina Olive Oil is considered a nutraceutical, which is a specially treated food eaten to improve your health, and it aids in digestion if taken every morning prior to eating.
For at-home beauty regimens, olive oil can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment. Simply warm the olive oil in the microwave and then apply it to the ends of the hair and scalp. Leave it in for ten minutes while you enjoy a cup of tea, and then simply shampoo it out.
Olive oil can also be used as an eye make-up remover. Don’t worry about it clogging your pores. Olive oil acts like a magnet for other oils and toxins, making it a great pre-cleansing step to remove anything regular make-up removers leave behind.
For another use of olive oil in the bathroom, wipe dry razor blades with olive oil to prevent rust, which makes shaving quite a bit easier and extends the life of your razors.
For the unconventional adventurous environmentally-friendly car enthusiast, olive oil can be used to make biodiesel. You can mix up to 10-25% oil in proportion to your diesel and still be safe.
Olive oil can also be used to help remove stickers from glass. Massage the emollient into the sticker, let sit for fifteen minutes, and then, voila! Simply peel the sticker off.
If you are a true olive oil aficionado, you can even adopt a grove of olive trees for one year through Tre Olive. In return, the owners of this Italian grove will send you olive oil from your adopted trees.
The versatility of the mighty olive and its oil are only limited to a person’s imagination. It isn’t hard to imagine that bottle of magic sitting atop a shelf in your kitchen cabinet truly being one of the richest gifts of heaven.
Crave Gourmet Baskets and Gifts is located at 2801 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, Suite100. 337-421-0040