The Qadisha Grove is located in the foothills at the base of the Qadisha Valley in northern Lebanon. The grove has been in the Khoury family for generations and is planted entirely with souri olive trees. Souri olives are indigenous to the Levant and are the closest in genetic structure to the wild olives that were first domesticated. The grove is located close to one of the few modern presses in Lebanon, which allows us to get our olives pressed within a couple of hours of being picked using Italian-made Pieralisi equipment.
By harvesting early in the season, we craft an oil that brings out a unique aroma of green almond and ripe tomato. The characteristic taste of oils made from souri olives is a delicious blend of wild thyme, peach, with a peppery finish. It gives an authentic touch to Middle Eastern mezze, such as hummus, tabbouleh, za’atar, labneh, baba ghanoush, and pasta.