Olive Oil

A Miracle of the Middle East:
Equal Exchange Palestinian Olive Oil from PARC

Discover the rich, peppery flavor of our organic, cold-pressed, artisan, fairly traded extra virgin olive oil from the West Bank. This oil is made from Nabali olives, which are full of antioxidants.

Our olive oil partner is the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC), a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable economic development with 41 farmer cooperatives in the West Bank.

Small-scale farmers, through their cooperatives, have been able to lower the costs for pressing their olives and storing, bottling, and shipping the oil; they also share best practices for pruning, plowing, and olive collection. PARC assists farmers in all of these areas and helps to supply water infrastructure, so critical in the West Bank. PARC also helps to provide social services for women, children and families.

Purchases of this olive oil help small-scale farmers to stay on their land and make a living for their families.

Palestinians have very few ways to support themselves. Your support is a positive step in helping people in a part of the West Bank who are faced with a multitude of challenges.

This olive oil is delicious! it has a great, rich flavor raw for use in vinaigrettes or dipping, and works great for cooking. This is a phenomenal cause and I love the fact that I can support something I believe in and get a great product at the same time." —webstore customer

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Learn from Mohammed Hmidat
Quality Control Engineer, PARC


 

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Recipes

For a truly Middle Eastern experience, try dipping bread into the oil mixed with za’atar, a delicious spice combination of thyme (or wild oregano), sumac, and sesame.

From the West Bank to Your Table

Olive tree

Hundreds of thousands of olive trees have been passed down through generations of Palestinian families. Some of the trees are hundreds of years old. They hold a sacred significance for families and provide a connection to the land.

Olive oil

Farmer cooperatives cold press the olives with the pits—which are then strained out. Heating fuel and soap are some of the byproducts.

Bottling the oil

PARC tests and bottles the oil near Ramallah. The oil is stored in stainless steel tanks.

Shipping boat

Each spring, PARC sends oil from the new harvest to Equal Exchange. It goes through a difficult and costly process of clearing check points in Israel before being shipped by freighter to the U.S.