March 2013 Welcome to the D'Avolio eNewsletter Edition 2013.5

Arbequina EVOO, Spain, Medium Intensity

Arbequina EVOO, SpainRecently added to our selection of the Western New Yorks freshest Extra Virgin Olive Oils available, Arbequina from Spain. This EVOO was crushed in November 2012 and arrived in the US late February.

Normally the Polyphenols in a Arbequina are lower, but this crush season they are out of the roof. Why is that important? Polys are natural antioxidants that contribute to a bitter taste, astringency, and resistance to oxidation. They have been shown to have a host of beneficial effects from lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of coronary disease. The higher the Polys, the better EVOO for you.

Fresh and lively with a medium intensity. Perfectly balanced, this early harvest Spanish Arbequina is loaded with olive fruit aroma & displays initial red apple, almond & confectionery notes followed by a green-savory center & a lingering pepper finish. Especially wonderful drizzled over fresh fish or greens or as a flavorful dip for bread.

Visit your favorite D'Avolio Olive Oils and Vinegars store and pick-up a bottle to enjoy.


Olive Oil benefits –cholesterol

Olive Oil helps fight ca ncer"SATURATED FAT."

It's a term we see often in articles touting suggestions to improve our health. We know by now that saturated fat can wreck all sorts of havoc on our arteries, with the potential to raise our cholesterol and perhaps cause heart disease.

But it tastes so GOOD, we say. It's hard to eliminate the tasty things we love from our diet. Butter, for instance, is a household staple. Who doesn't love the taste of butter on pancakes hot off the griddle, drizzled over popcorn, or spread on a fresh piece of homemade bread? Often it's easier said than done to say goodbye to our traditional favorites, despite our desire to make healthy choices.

Fortunately, D'Avolio can make this transition easier for you. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, the best type of fat for your body. What makes it so great? Here are a few of its gleaming qualities:

  • Helps with the absorption of vitamins
  • Has Oleic Acid, a fatty acid that is resistant to oxidative damage
  • Contains a high level of antioxidants, such as Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, and Polyphenolic compounds
  • Protects your cells from free radicals

In order to really appreciate these qualities, it's important to understand that the process of oxidation is what causes cholesterol to go bad and create plaque in our arteries. There is a certain level of cholesterol that our bodies all have and need, such as HDL. We also have a certain level of LDL, which is considered the "bad" cholesterol. Oxidation creates more "bad" cholesterol. Free radicals damage our cells, and antioxidants are what protect them.

Olive oil, (high quality, fresh extra virgin olive oil, especially) can play a part in improving your cholesterol ratio and protecting your blood vessels, all without sacrificing taste and satisfaction. If you haven't tried substituting butter with olive oil yet, now is the time. D'Avolio All Natural Butter Infused Organic Oil is simply sublime on pancakes or drizzled over popcorn. Try your favorite D'Avolio extra virgin olive oil tossed with some roasted or sautéed vegetables. And who needs butter with bread when you can dip it in some fresh organic Nocellara EVOO instead. Give these substitutions a shot, and you'll see how easy it can be to cut back on some saturated fat.

For more insight into Cholesterol, check out these articles:
American Heart Association, Cholesterol Levels
Inhibitory Effects of Balsamic Vinegar on LDL
Source Of Major Health Benefits In Olive Oil Revealed
Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers


Recipe of the Month: Goat Cheese Ravioli

Goat Cheese RavioliSome foods are just naturally a comfort food, Ravioli is one of those. Easy to make and wonderful to enjoy with family and friends. Goat cheese adds richness and divine flavor to anything that mingles with it.

Preparing the pasta dough is easier than you think. Put that box of pasta away and enjoy some home made goodness! Adding some D'Avolio Mushroom and Sage Infused Oil with shallots, wine, whipping cream and other ingredients makes a flavorful sauce over your creation that will be the envy of everyone at the table.

Visit our on-line recipe section for this Goat Cheese Ravioli recipe and many more ideas.


History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cooking with EVOOThe olive has a rich history, with mention of its uses dating back over 6,000 years. Used for food, medicine, and ceremonial rituals, the olive and its oil have played a special role in many religions and cultures. Greek mythology suggests that it was because of the olive that Athens has its name. The story goes that Zeus had promised to give Attica to the god or goddess who made the most useful invention.

The goddess Athena brought an olive seed which grew into a tree, a gift useful for food, firewood, medicine and perfume. Zeus liked this gift best and in turn named the city Athens. It's only been over the past couple hundred years that the olive has spread to North and South America, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Before that, olives could be found in the Mediterranean countries. While you may be familiar with the idea of using olive oil for food and ritual, you may be surprised to know that olive oil has become quite a scandalous industry.

Indeed, the history of this highly regarded fruit also includes fraud and crime. With many successful efforts at adulteration and selling outright bogus oil as olive oil, many a criminal has made a handsome dollar at the consumer's expense. It's for this reason that D'Avolio is so proud of their sources for olive oil. Many measures have been taken to assure us that the oil supplier provides D'Avolio is pure and of the highest quality. Every batch of oil is tested with the highest standards of freshness and purity.

To understand how the popularity of Olive Oil is being adulterated for profit, read the leading expert on the subject, Tom Mueller and his book: Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

Upcoming Dates
'Save The Dates' For April

7 - No Housework Day

Yes there really is a No Housework Day. We suggest kicking back and share a Chocolate Blood Orange Cocktail.

7 - World Health Day

This year the focus is on High blood pressure – also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension – increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Visit the D'Avolio Health section for the benefits of bringing Olive Oils into you meals.

18 - Paul Revere's Ride

Much history has been written about the famous ride by Paul Revere on the evening of April 18, 1775. But did you know Paul rode off without finishing his Mushroom Sage Pasta with D'Avolio Wild Mushroom & Sage Oil? Well....sounded good to us!

Perfect Pairings

Seasonal Recipes

D'Avolio has chosen two recipes for the season of the Tax Man!

The Resolution MartiniThe Resolution Martini


Pineapple Baked Ham with Pineapple Balsamic Dijon GlazePineapple Baked Ham with Pineapple Balsamic Dijon Glaze

Perfect Pairings

New to Olive Oils and Vinegars? The most number one question is what to do with these exquisite flavors. Visit our Perfect Pairings suggestions and enjoy new taste combinations.

The Decadent Orange

Do you have a sweet tooth? Bring together D'Avolio Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar and Blood Orange Olive Oil. Use together in many recipes that call for Chocolate toppings from ice cream to cakes.

Perfect Pairings

Buffalo Wine Festival
4/6/2013, 1:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-9:00 PM

Healthy Options Cooking Class
4/9/2013 6:00 - 9:00 PM

4/13/2013, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Check out our complete list of D'Avolio Events for dates and locations


At D'Avolio's, we think that olive oil is in a class of its own when compared to other various products that positively impact a healthy lifestyle.

Visit our "Your Health" pages to read about how Olive Oils can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

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