Olives, a fruit of major agricultural importance in the Mediterranean, especially Tunisia, date back to the 8th century BC, even before the founding of Carthage by the Queen Dido. The Phoenicians, introduce this crop which yields heart-healthy olive oil to North Africa. It yields heart-healthy olive oil and satisfies all of the five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. Its traditional reputation as a healthy food is being highlighted by modern sciences, as studies on the Mediterranean olive-consuming people have shown. The ancient olive fruit is versatile, and can be enjoyed as a condiment, served as an appetizer, ground into spreads, tossed into salads, simmered with stews and sauces and essentially pressed for its oil.
Harissa is a Maghrebian hot Chili pepper paste whose main ingredients are roasted red peppers, serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers and spices and herbs such as garlic paste, coriander seed, or caraway as well as some vegetable or olive oil for preservation. As with the European cuisine, chili peppers were imported into the Maghrebian cuisine presumably during the Spanish occupation of Tunisia between 1535 and 1574, when the Turks conquered the region. Harissa comes from the arabic word “to break.” Harissa, a delectable spicy chili paste, can be used to marinate meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables or as a sandwich spread. Pair it with our Extra Virgin Olive Oil and enjoy!
Tunisia is one of the world’s largest olive oil producers. Olive oil is a heart-healthy fat obtained from the olive, the fruit of Olea europaea, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. In Tunisia, the olive tree was cultivated by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Arabs. Since ancient times, olive oil which is produced by pressing whole olives, was used for cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, soaps and as fuel for oil lamps. Even Athletes used it to massage their muscles to make them more supple; women used it to keep their skin looking young. Today, olive oil is used throughout the world, but especially in the Mediterranean countries and in particular in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece, which have the highest consumption per person. Our olive farming operation in Tunisia is a part of the reason that Tunisia is the sixth largest producer of olive oil from where approximately five percent (5%) of the world’s production originates.