Our French variety and our Italian blend won Silver Medal awards at the Los Angeles Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition! Not bad for a first competition, it confirms our impression that the land can produce really good olive oil. We were unsure about our Spanish variety, which we really like, but thought would be too delicate for the judges. We'll know better next time!
Silver Medal Cloud 9 Orchard www.cloud9orchard.com Delicate, French Variety, Monterey County 2011 Cloud 9 Orchard www.cloud9orchard.com Medium, Italian Blend, Monterey County 2011
ABC news reports on another study showing the health benefits of olive oil: "Consuming copious amounts of olive oil may dramatically reduce stroke risk for older adults, according to a population-based study.
Heavy use in cooking and dressings was associated with a 41% lower stroke incidence compared with never using olive oil, Cécilia Samieri of the Université Bordeaux in France and colleagues found.
The top one-third on intake by serum measures had a 73 percent lower stroke risk than those in the bottom third among older adults living in three cities in France.
Because these results controlled for other dietary and stroke risk factors, olive oil may be considered "a major protective component" of the Mediterranean diet for stroke, the group suggested in the Aug. 2 issue of Neurology."