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That is the question. The answer is:  PRUNE Olive trees are sturdy and resilient. A beautiful Italian saying “Prune your olive trees so that a swallow can fly through without touching its wings” This beautiful saying gives the olive grower a visual target for pruning. Pruning and Training Systems for Modern Olive Growing, Riccardo Gucci […]

Valentine’s Day

  A special day you care for people that you love. A Valentine’s Dinner Recipe Serves 2 from the heart 1 cup cooked pasta, whole grain organic elbow pasta from BAIA 1 cup cooked little white beans (any beans will do but cannellini is best) 1 cup organic crushed tomatoes 1 teaspoon dried oregano ½ […]

Everything Citrus

Our citrus trees are in full production and we use all the citrus in Kitchen in the Grove. Endless uses for our fruit; marmalade, candied fruit, soups and flavorings, and plenty of eating. There is a lot of citrus on our tasting plates in the Visitor Center these days. Citrus represents a major component of […]


What do consumers want from their food, and what can a good olive oil deliver? Simple: better taste and better health. At IL Fiorello, we maintain that real, certified olive oil paired with good real food is always the best combination and complement for each other. It is a simple combination, maybe too simple for […]


Milling is done for the year 2018, and we have learned many lessons about olives. Yet again, Mother Nature rules and Farming is a risky business. Olives are a cyclical fruit, and most growers were down in crop volume from 60% to 80 % this year. Additionally, many people did not even harvest their meager […]


This is the time for giving thanks. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Milling is finishing. We have made great oils. The days are cooler. Family and friends gather to celebrate a uniquely American Holiday. We always cook our turkey outside in the grill. The aroma of the coals and turkey enticing us to finish all […]


My favorite time of the year is the Fall Harvest and milling season. The bounty of our Farm, the organic garden, and the Olive harvest is in full swing. This season closely links the Farm and the Kitchen in the Grove. Tasting plates at the Visitors Center reflect our garden’s produce and the uniqueness of […]


Olive harvest is getting closer, and we are very excited. The mill is clean, the spare parts and replacement parts have arrived, and updates to the computer systems are completed. All the computer updates to our databases for documentation are ready to go. The centrifuge is balanced and ready to work. The technician from Pieralisi […]


AUGUST 2018 This month we celebrate tomatoes in Solano County. The Tomato Festival was very successful. IL Fiorello held the Tomato Cooking contest, with categories that included Salsa, Soup, Salad, and Sauce. Fantastic recipes were submitted, and winners were announced at the Festival Grandstand in Downtown Fairfield on Sunday. Congratulations to all who entered the […]

French Vanilla Lavender Sugar Cookies with Creamy Lemon Frosting

Célébrons avec les Français le bleu, blanc, et rouge! (It’s the 14th of July!! Let’s celebrate with the French the blue, white, and red!) Are these cookies really from a French recipe? Um, no. But we’re willing to bet our French friends would love them!! Ingredients: Cookies: 1/2 cup Il Fiorello Citrus Blend Co-Milled Oil […]


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