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Quebec Olive Oil and a Recipe for Maple-Candied Pecan and Arugula Salad

Posted by Amie / July 24, 2013

olvie-divineolive-quebec-olive-oilQuebec Olive Oil? Well, sort of. No, we don't have abundant olive orchards in Magog. But we do have DivineOlive, owned by Moroccan-Canadian Mohamed Boujra who's importing his family's olive oil and bottling it in the Montérégie.

Boujra's been involved in the production since he was a kid, and he's now launching a daily-use oil in addition to his current high-end oil. Both are cold-pressed and extra-virgin, but the olives are harvested at different stages of maturity, so their acidity levels differ. The oil comes from the Fès region of northern Morocco, closest to the Mediterranean sea.

He oversees the entire production, from harvest and pressing in Morocco to shipping in giant vats and bottling in Quebec. He explicitly states that he uses olives from each's year's harvest - no second-rate or leftover olives. Did you even know that happened? Apparently it does.

His two olive oils:

DivineOlive - This one's been around for awhile. It has a very low acidity of 0.13%. The olives are harvested while green. The taste? Light, delicate, a little fruity and a little herbal. It's available in Quebec specialty grocers. It's around $12 for 250mL/$20 for 500mL. You're supposed to save it for drizzling on dishes just before serving, on salads, with bread, on pasta and with grilled meats. Don't cook with it.

Here's where you can find Divine Olive' oils
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Then there's Ol'vie - This is the new one. It has 0.3% acidity and is more affordable. Use it for cooking, marinades and vinaigrettes. These olives are picked a little later in the season once the olives are have truly ripened. It's gentler, in flavour and price, going for ~$10 for 750 ml or $30 for 3 litres. The press release says "ideal for restaurants," but I'd also say Greeks.

And lactose-intolerants. Especially those who can still eat raw, unpasteurized sheep's milk cheeses on dreamy arugula salads like this one...

olvie-olive-oil-candied-pecan-arugula-saladMaple-Candied Pecan Salad with Arugula, Raw Sheep's Milk Cheese, and Quebec-Bottled Moroccan Olive Oil


You can make this salad with your sweetener of choice. Maple syrup is spectacular. Honey is great. Coconut sugar is lovely. Agave works. White sugar is fine in a pinch. If you use solid sugars you'll just need to melt them before tossing them with the nuts. I made this with the leftover candied pecans from a puy lentil salad with grilled endive and maple-red wine vinaigrette. I used them sparingly in that recipe so I could keep enjoying them. But you can also make a batch just for this salad. It's worth it. Trust me. A little here goes a long way, though. And chopping them small makes them stretch even further. If you have leftovers, there's no way you won't use them up another way. Such as by snacking. Constantly.

3 tbsp maple syrup
¼ tsp flaked chili pepper
½ tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp water

50g chopped pecan pieces (about 1/2 cup), or gently break up halves or whole ones by pounding them in a bag using something heavy
2 cups arugula
No more than 50g raw, aged sheep's milk cheese, thinly shaved or sliced
2-5 tbsp olive oil (depending on your level of Mediterranean-ness)
In a small bowl combine the maple syrup, chili, turmeric, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 tsp water.

Preheat the oven to 300F. Add the pecans to the honey/chilli paste and stir to coat. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or not) and roast for 10 minutes. Stir and roast 5-10 minutes more, until aromatic but not burnt. They'll still be a little sticky but will firm up as they dry. Remove from oven and let cool.
Wash the greens and place in a large bowl with the cheese. Break up the candied pecans and sprinkle about a quarter of them over the salad. Drizzle over as much olive oil as you want.

olvie-divineolive-white-peach-arugula-saladVariation with sliced white peaches

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