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As a Spaniard and one that cooks Mediterranean foods, Olive Oil is an essential ingredient. When I first heard of Nudo Italian Olive Oil, I was immediately interested in the brand and focus of the company.  Nudo is an exceptionally unique olive grove in Italy.

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What is so unique about Nudo is that their olive oil is grown and pressed by small scale artisanal farmers, organically!  Meet some of the Nudo farmers.
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Top Left: Caterina and Claudio of La Morla.  Caterina has a passion or the traditions and taste of real olive oil.  Together with her fellow olive oil obsessive, father-in-law Claudio, she’s been busily experimenting with growing different olive oil varieties (known as cultivars) to blend for the perfect flavour.  These experiments aren’t for the impatient: each one is up to 10 years in the making!
Top Right: Cesare and Paola Dell’Orso.  Together they have a business producing wine, preserves and wonderful organic oil in Abruzzo.
Bottom Left: Guglielmo Francesconi. Has an organic grove in Monte San Pietrangeli where he also has an agriturismo and pizzeria.
Bottom Right: Ardelio Cavalieri. Ardelio has a breathtaking view of Mogliano in one direction, and in the other, a marginally less breathtaking view of a dilapidated farmhouse.  The trees are knotted and gnarly as you could hope for and so are Ardelio’s hands.

Don’t you just love meeting real people… real family farmers!  The unique twist on Nudo is that the consumer is able to adopt an olive tree on any one of the Nudo family of farms and receive all their tree’s extra virgin olive oil, and a trio of Nudo’s finest flavoured olive oils.  They’ll even allow you to visit and touch your very own tree!

How does this work for the farmer? from Nudo

What Nudo offers the olive producers in the adoption scheme is the certainty of consistent, reliable payment at a fair price. (we commit in advance to buying all the olive oil produced by trees within the scheme of a pre-agreed price). This in turn means they have the confidence to commit to maintaining and caring for the groves they love without the annual uncertainty about whether they will find a market for their oil.

You can see right away why I was so excited about this Company!  They have a clear mission to support local farmers and are also committed to sustainability.  Like other types of farming olive growing is becoming more and more mechanised which is leading to soil erosion and blander.  Supporting Nudo ensures sustainability of the land.  When I spoke directly to Nudo, I asked them how their oil was shipped abroad.  They responded that most of their oil is shipped on boats to save on fossil fuels.

After researching and falling in love with the mission behind this company, I was ecstatic to receive a sample of Nudo Italian Olive Oil.  Before I go on, I was given this olive oil for free, However, I do not review products that do not align with my own goals and mission of my blog. The people of Nudo, the farmers of Nudo, although not local are just as much a part of the local food movement.  As a consumer we have the power to choose organic, local, family farmers!

When I received my super cute tin (hey, I’m a graphic designer!) of Nudo Olive Oil, I immediately opened it up, and took a spoonful down the hatch.  The olive oil that you receive will definitely come from different trees, however, the batch I had was smooth, fresh, subtle.  I poured some into a jar and the color was a beautiful yellow.

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I took a deep smell in and it just brought me back to Spain… sweet, olive oil!  Que Alegria!

This olive oil is perfect for dipping, drizzling over salads and in my recipe below, roasting vegetables!

The secret to a beautiful dish of brussels sprouts is to first roast them in olive oil.  This version is roasted and pan tossed with sauteed red onions and pancetta cured ham.  The right amount of salt and sweetness of the onions brings this dish to another level.  Finally topped with sauteed bread crumbs and garlic. Buen Provecho!

This recipe is also a part of Oprah.com featured Holiday blogger recipes!  That’s right, I have been invited to be a featured Holiday blogger over at Oprah.com. Stop on by and check out my profile 😉

Brussel Sprouts Roasted and Drizzled with Nudo Olive Oil

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Ingredients:
  1. 1/2 lb Brussel Sprouts, cleaned and halved
  2. 8 slices Pancetta
  3. 4 cloves garlic
  4. Nudo Olive Oil
  5. 1/2 red onion, sliced
  6. 1 slice of bread

Method:

  1. In a large ziplock baggie, toss the brussel sprouts, 3 pressed garlic cloves and 2 tbls Nudo Olive Oil.
  2. Empty the contents into a ovenproof dish and roast at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  3. While the brussel sprouts are roasting, in a pan heat 1/4 cup nudo olive oil.  When the olive oil is heated through, saute a slice of bread until browned on both sides.  Set aside.
  4. When the brussel sprouts have finished roasting… In the same pan that you sauteed the bread, add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes.  Do not let them get fully tender.  Add the pancetta and heat through for an additional minute.
  5. Add the brussel sprouts and heat through for an additional 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.
  6. In a food processor, blend the bread and 1 – 2 cloves of garlic.
  7. Sprinkle on top of the brussel sprouts mixture and finish by a last drizzle of Nudo Olive Oil!
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Buen Provecho!!
Nudo Olive Oil would make an amazing Christmas Gift.  I’m definitely buying my mother an adopted tree for Christmas, she’ll love it!  Nudo also offers gift sets that would also make a great gift!
They’re actually running an early bird sale right now.
With the Nudo early bird offer, you buy one of their gift boxes and they’ll send you a free tin of delicious Nudo First Cold Press extra virgin olive oil for yourself. For the gift boxes, which all come in chic designer tin, you have the choice of the Three Tenors (lemon, chilli and first cold pressed), the Citrus Club (lemon mandarin and first cold pressed).

Want to get in on the deal?  Just use promo codes EARLYBIRD1 for the Three Tenors or EARLYBIRD2 for the Citrus Club on the checkout page. Please note that the free oil and the gift box will be sent together, so need to go to the same address.

(Please note, I received this information from a Nudo newsletter. Nudo did not ask me to do this.)

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Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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