Adopt an Olive Tree

Olive Tree

Image by mksfly via Flickr

I want to tell you about the Christmas gift my husband and I gave his sister. Nudo creates straight-from-the-grove artisan olive oils from several groves in the Marche region of Italy.

Nudo was founded by Jason Gibb and Cathy Rogers, who bought an olive grove in the Marche and restored it. They wrote a weblog and book about their experience with the grove called “The Dolce Vita Diaries.” The cool thing about Nudo is that you can adopt a specific tree. You get two shipments of oil from your tree (of at least 1.5 liters) — one of first press extra virgin olive oil in the spring, and one of flavored oils in the fall. If your tree doesn’t produce enough olives, its 50 closest neighbors will pitch in. You can even visit your tree.

There are several groves you can choose from when you adopt a tree. We were pleased that we could adopt a tree for my sister-in-law from the grove Gibb and Rogers restored. We gave her a Nudo adoption certificate for her tree, the promise of two direct shipments of oil later this year, and a copy of Gibb and Rogers book.

This is an excellent gift for a foodie. I may have to come up with an excuse to adopt a tree for myself!

(I am not affiliated with Nudo in any way — I just think it’s cool).

Posted on January 5th, 2011 by Katxena