Olive oil is at the core of Italy and of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and olive trees can be found in abundance all over Italy. Olive oil is still considered sacred in many parts of the world and is widely used in religious ceremonies. An Olive Branch has long been considered as a symbol of peace, and the Romans used an olive wreath as a symbol of victory. All in all, over many thousands of years, the olive tree has symbolised peace, wisdom, glory, fertility, power and purity.
The distinctive colour, unique texture and beautiful grain, together with the strength and durability of olive wood make it ideal for the production of kitchen utensils.
Our Olive Wood cutting boards and bowls are crafted from single pieces of high quality Olive Wood and make wonderful additions to any style of kitchen.
Enjoy the true flavour of Italy as you make pesto in an authentic, Olive Wood pestle and mortar, toss a mediterranean salad in an Olive Wood salad bowl, serve a Campari Spritz with pitted olives and nuts in an Olive Wood aperitivo set or slice a salami on a genuine Olive Wood salami board & knife set.
Olive Wood also makes beautiful and distinctive jewellery.
We offer a range of Olive Wood necklaces is a variety of lengths and styles, together with bracelets and earrings. Certain items are available individually and others in attractive sets.
The cultivation of olive trees in Italy is thought to have started in Sicily around 700BC. From there, they spread across Italy and were well established in Roman times. Pliny the Elder wrote about an olive tree growing in the centre of the Roman Forum. The oldest known olive tree in Italy is in Sardinia. Known as 'The Ozzastru' in the Sard language, it is reputedly nearly 4,000 years old.
Caring for your Olive Wood Products
Olive Wood is a dense, hard wood that resists stains and odours, is hard wearing and has its own natural anti-bacterial properties. With very little care your olive wood products will last a lifetime.
Olive Wood Kitchen Utensils, Chopping Boards and Serving Dishes
DO NOT EVER put your olive wood utensils into the dishwasher or leave them soaking in water.
A simple, quick wash in hand-hot water with a gentle detergent, followed by a rinse in warm, clean water, is all they will ever need.
Dry immediately with a lint-free cloth or they can be left to drain and dry naturally at room temperature. If you choose to leave them to dry you will need to oil them more often than if you dry them straight away with a cloth.
With normal use your olive wood utensils will need oiling at least once a month, or, once a week if you use them more frequently.
Olive oil is one of the best and easiest things to oil your items with. Using either a lint-free cloth or soft kitchen towel, gently rub olive oil over the whole surface of your utensil. Use circular movements and make sure you cover the whole of the item from top to bottom. When you have finished applying the oil remove any excess with either the same cloth, or another one, and then store the item in a dry, clean place away from direct sunlight or heat.
Olive Wood Jewellery
Under normal circumstances you will not need to wash your olive wood jewellery. Instead, with a slightly damp cloth, or damp chamois leather, give it a gentle wipe and then follow the instructions for oiling as above. Depending on how often you wear the jewellery you will probably only need to oil it about two or three times a year.
Items made from ancient olive wood of this quality are something to be treasured for life. By following the simple steps above your precious olive wood items will stay beautiful forever.