Friday, July 13, 2012

Even Healthier Olives with Musco Family Olives!

I have always loved Olives as far back as I can recall, and I craved them with each one of my pregnancies.  Because of the chronic back pain I live in with my Degenerative Disk, my blood pressure is often borderline, and I just can't enjoy salty foods as much as I would like to which includes olives. All of this means I usually only enjoy olives 2-3 times a year when we have a family dinner with extended family.  Until Now.

Musco Family Olive Co specializes in olives and focuses it's attention on producing quality olives while also loving the earth.  They recycle over 90% of their water reusing the water for irrigation and recycling almost 1.5 billion gallons of water on-site!  What happens to the other 10%?  Mother Nature evaporates it!     Musco Family Olive Co's latest products:  Early California and Pearls brands come in reduced salt options so finally we can enjoy healthy, low fat olives filled with healthy fat without all the added salt!

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I was blessed to receive a beautiful pack of olives to help with my review.  I am enjoying these olives all by myself since neither my husband or children enjoy olives, and I don't feel the least bit guilty!  They are so good, and for the first time ever, I didn't feel the urge to drink all evening after eating them.  They have all the same great flavor of regular green or black olives but without the saltiness.

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I decided since it is just me enjoying these that I would choose a grown adult recipe from the website to try out.  I adapted the recipe for The Bloody Olive to serve just one.  I have never been a Bloody Mary drinker, but this is a super tasty drink, and I am seriously considering adding it to my favorites.

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The Bloody Olive

serves 4
24 oz. bloody mary mix
8 oz. vodka or gin
4 tsp olive juice
Hot pepper sauce to taste
Garnish:
12 olives
4 wooden skewers
4 celery stalks, with leaves
4 lemon wedge
To prepare:
  1. Fill 4 glasses with ice. Add 2 ounces vodka to each and fill three-quarters full with the bloody mary mix.
  2. Pour a teaspoon of olive juice and hot pepper sauce (if desired) on the top of each drink.
  3. Place 1 celery stalk in each glass.
  4. Place 3 skewered olives across top of each glass. Garnish rim of glass with lemon wedge.
  5. Serve.

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You can find these olives and all the other selections on the Musco Family Olive Co website, Early California Olives on Facebook, and Pearls Olives on Facebook.  

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Musco Family Olive Co for the products I received to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.

107 comments:

  1. I learned they recycle the water they use to water their farms to water their farms and they are evironmentally friendly

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  2. I learned they have a much wider variety than just the black olives I love that I buy by the case at sams.

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  3. I learned that the Pearl olives I already buy are from a company that has extensive sustainability initiatives. All right!

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  4. Like you, I sometimes crave olives (though I've never been pregnant!). When I do, I like to eat them with cherry tomatoes. Don't ask me why! But I eat olives at lots of other times, too.

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  5. I've been eating these kinds of black olives ever since I remember. Knowing it's a family business and the pride they take in making the best olives no matter what it costs makes me glad that I always eat these olives. I can't eat very much salt due to HBP. I love olives though.Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  6. I love olives in pasta.My mom makes this pasta,it's ribbon pasta,olives,salami.She uses mayo,red vinegar and a 1/2 tsp. of sugar.It's so delicious! I have an injured back,4 hernaited discs,denerative disc disease and sciatica so I know you understand how hard it can be to cook.It's something easy she loves to amke.It's also got fresh mozzarello in it.

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  7. Table olives are still harvested by hand, with pickers working on the ground and on ladders.

    (I did not know this)

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  8. I like to slice green olives and put them on a sandwich with cream cheese and ham (sound weird but is very good).

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  9. I learned that the olive tree is revered as one of the longest-living and hardiest trees on earth.

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  10. I LOVE using olives in my lunch salads like a Greek salad and also as a pizza topping too! Yum!

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  11. i learned they have more than just black olives

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  12. i like olives on pizza!

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  13. I love Olives-I eat them everyday. I put them in pretty mcuh anything that I eat, or just eat them by the handfuls. They are one of my major food groups.

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  14. When I don't have some kind of Olvies everyday-I can have withdrawls.

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  15. The olives used to make California black ripe olives are harvested green.

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  16. I learned that the Black Pearls brand together with their #2 selling Early California brand command 60% of the national branded market share.
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  17. Musco Olive company is the largest supplier of olives to USA. dollmf@arvig.net

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  18. I love olives in salads or just plain. Makes a good appetizer while I cook dinner! dollmf@arvig.net

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  19. I learned that they use sea salt instead of iodized salt to cure the olives, which takes longer but makes a better olive!

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  20. A slow-growing tree, it can bear fruit for hundreds of years.

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  21. I learned that one olive forms out of every 20 flowers on a tree!

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  22. Between April and June a multitude of small, white flowers appear in groups under the preceding year's leaves. They only last a few weeks. One olive is born for every 20 flowers.

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  23. I actually learned quite a few things. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I live in an area where olives and citrus trees are grown, and I never knew peak season was between September to November. Nor did I know how long it took a picker to harvest just one acre of the crop!

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  24. Probably one of my favorite dishes I prepare with olives is braised vegetables. I saute 4 leeks, 1 onion and a pre-packaged container of mushrooms with a tablespoon of coconut oil first. Then I add about 1/3 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup sliced olives. I cover and cook for 5 min. Then I add spinach and chard and another 1/3 cup of chicken broth and cover again for 8 minutes. After the vegetables are tender, I turn off the heat, add a tsp. balsamic vinegar and a vigorous shake of crushed red pepper flakes. Yummy!

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  25. I learned that most California olives become black ripe olives, through a process of oxidation!

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  26. olive tree is revered as one of the longest-living and hardiest trees on earth.

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  27. I learned that the olive tree has a reputation of being the immortal tree. wow.

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  28. After 30 years of putting olives on my fingers and sucking them off...it's the best way to eat olives and I have passed it on to my 3 year old. She loves olives too.

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  29. I found a recipe for a appetizer on the site - Pepperoni Olive Florets - sounds good

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  30. If I don't use them in a recipe or salad, I eat them right out the jar

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  31. The California olive harvest generally begins in September and lasts through November!

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  32. I just eat them as is - right out of the jar! A fork is all I require! LOL :)

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  33. They still harvest olives by hand and the tree is the hardiest tree on earth! Fabulous insight!

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  34. I enjoy olives just as is or with a few crackers. Also yummy on a pizza!

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  35. The company is based in Tracy, CA.

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  36. Wow, Olive trees live for HUNDREDS of years! It takes about 20 flowers to turn into one olive. Olives all are fermented a bit before eating, we don't eat them right off the trees.

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  37. Debra S. Says: Oh boy I put in the wrong name I commented with!!! I forgot that I can use "open ID" to post, so I guess I now made two posts...

    I didn't know how long-lived olive trees are! Or that, even when the original dies, it sends up brand new shoots, to continue on. Called "the immortal tree"

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  38. I learned that olive tree is revered as one of the longest-living and hardiest trees on earth.

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  39. The Musco Company is the largest importer of consumer packaged olives!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  40. I put black olives in my pasta, my salads, my pizza, and I love to simply pop them in my mouth!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  41. Visit the Sponsor! and tell me something you learned about Early California or Pearls Brand Olives! Leave answer in a Blog comment, please!



    The Musco Family Olive Co. is proud to be the leading supplier of olives in America.

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  42. serving suggestions, recipes or simply anecdotes on what they like about olives and how you enjoy olives!

    pizza baby!

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  43. I learned Olives are a time-honored tradition

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  44. Ttrockwood@yahoo.comJuly 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I learned their office in cali is about an hour from my parents house!!

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  45. Ttrockwood@yahoo.comJuly 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I put chopped olives in my homemade hummus all the time!

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  46. I learn that Musco Family Olive Co. is a privately held family business.

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  47. I learned that they have kalamata olives - my favorite.

    Delamere at embarqmail dot com

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  48. I learned that Olives are a great choice for a low-calorie snack or recipe ingredient. grammypenny@frontier.com

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  49. I learned that the Musco Family Olive Co. is proud to be the leading supplier of olives in America.

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  50. I learned olives are a time-honored tradition and they have different kinds.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  51. I learned that the Black Pearls brand together with the #2 selling Early California brand command 60% of the national branded market share.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  52. I learned that Spanish Missionaries brought the olive tree to North America in the 1700's. The first olive trees were planted in California at the San Diego Mission by Franciscan monks in 1769.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  53. The olive tree is revered as one of the longest-living and hardiest trees on earth

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  54. They have 7 calories per Extra large olive and a great low calorie snack.

    Love3570@aol.com

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  55. I found out that we buy some of their products (black pearls)

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  56. An olive tree can bear fruit for hundreds of years.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  57. I learned that Musco recycles more than 90% of all its water. Now that's what I call sustainability!

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  58. I enjoy Olives in a nice Bloody Mary! And the rest of the fam just likes 'em plain :-)

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  59. Musco Olive company is the largest supplier of olives to USA

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  60. I love olives~green and black and make sure that they are on my pizza!

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  61. At only 2.5 grams of fat per serving (4 large olives), olives are a great alternative to traditional snacks. They are an excellent source of the good fats that help lower bad cholesterol
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  62. I learned that Musco recycles more than 90% of all its water in an innovative onsite recycling project, reusing the water for irrigation on its 180-acre farm. From 2002 to 2011, Musco has recycled almost 1.5 billion gallons onsite in our innovative closed loop system.

    thuyvu33@gmail.com

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  63. I like to snack on them straight from the jar

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  64. I learned that table olives are still harvested by hand, with pickers working on the ground and on ladders ... amazing with all the automation going on these days. I rather like the idea of every olive being carefully picked.
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  65. I could actually just sit down and eat olives out of the jar but two of my favorite ways to cook them is in a vegetarian paella or, at Christmas, in Venezuelan Hallacas.

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  66. THe Musco Family Olive Co. is the leading supplier of olives in America.

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  67. I learned the Musco Family Olive Co recycled there water from 2002 to 2011 recycling 1.5 billion gallons of water

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  68. The Musco Family Olive Company is a privately owned business!

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  69. Serving suggestion, just pop one in your mouth! They're that good!

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  70. They want to be a totally sustainable facility and use natural resources.

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  71. I love their black olives straight out of the can! Also great in Greek salads and of course, on pizza.

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  72. olives harvested are cured immediately using only sea salt and water

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  73. I like olives in my salad or straight out of the can or jar

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  74. I learned Musco takes in 40%-45% of the California table olive crop
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  75. every Holiday I make the kids there favorite I chop green olives up and add cream cheese and add a little of the juice and mash it all together then i take put the mixture in celery stalks and there amazing!

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  76. There are so many neat things I learned but some of it is 8 billion olive pits transformed into carbon-neutral energy, annually and 90% of their wastewater is recycled right on their site

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  77. I learned that they are constantly working at becoming a more environmentally friendly company.

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  78. I find this to be fascinating one olive forms out of every 20 flowers on a tree! wow who knew? I guess the people at Musco family knew.

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  79. I learned that they have three types of specialty olives including Kalamatas, Jalapeño Stuffed, and Garlic Stuffed

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  80. I learned The Tracy ripe olive facility is one of the most state of the art in the olive industry. :)

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  81. My story i s about my daughter. When she was 2 we attended a Xmas Party where they were serving olives. She ate so many she did not keep them done! :( However, that did not stop her from going back for more! She is now 21 and still loves her olives! :)

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  82. The Early California brand of olives is provided in five subcategories. One of thos categories (Specialties) carries a Stuffed Queen Garlic olive. Yum!

    sylvieanddudes@yahoo.com

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  83. The Musco Family Olive Co. is proud to be the leading supplier of olives in America.

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

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  84. I love making Dirty Martinis! Add a tablespoon of Olive Juice and three olives to the Martini for a unique kick!

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

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  85. I really just love to snack on them they are good for you and taste great when I need a salty snack I reach for olives

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  86. we eat lots of olives, all straight from the bottle

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  87. I learned that From the time he was a young child in Italy, Nicolo Musco worked in his family's merchant business, peddling olives, cheese, and other food from village to village on his donkey-driven cart.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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  88. I learned that they're working towards a 100% renewable production process

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  89. micheal dale grimJuly 28, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    i learned there the leading supplier of olive products in america!!!

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  90. micheal dale grimJuly 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    i enjoy olives on a salad or on a pizza,or eating them plain

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  91. I learned that Nico moved from Italy to New York in 1922 to start an Italian food distrubuship

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  92. I actually didn't start eating olives until about twelve years ago when I became a vegetarian. The only olives I had ever eaten were the generic black kind out of a can, and I thought they were flavorless and the texture was weird. But after I became vegetarian I started trying new foods and I had kalamata olives for the first time. Then I started trying different olives and realized that they each have their own taste and texture. Now I love to snack on them and add them to my salads.

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  93. They are the leading Olive company America's #1 and #2 olive brands

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  94. I learned that they planted Nypa grass which loves salty water (which is a bi product of their plant). They grow this and then sell it as cattle feed. What an innovative way to be environmentally friendly!!

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  95. I learned that their olive facility is one of the most state of the art in the olive industry. The site boasts highly automated manufacturing lines moving at high speed.
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  96. I learned The Musco Family Olive Co. is proud to be the leading supplier of olives in America.

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  97. I learnred the California olive harvest generally begins in September and lasts through November.

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  98. I learned The Musco Family Olive Co. is proud to be the leading supplier of olives in America.

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  99. I normally use olives in either cheese logs, on pizza or in drinks.

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  101. I learned that they're the leading supplier of olives in the U.S.
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  102. I learned that the company is located in Tracy, California.

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