Which Olive Wood Products?
- Olive wood chopping boards
- Olive wood cutting boards
- Olive wood kitchen utensils
- Olive wood bowls
- Olive wood jewellery
Wooden kitchen utensils are an essential part of any kitchen and olive wood produces ideal kitchen products. Olive wood makes perfect food preparation utensils as it is hard wearing and has natural anti-bacterial properties. When it comes to preparing and chopping herbs and spices, olive wood kitchen utensils cannot be beaten.
An olive wood pestle and mortar is a prized possesion in many Italian kitchens and they come in different shapes and sizes. A small one is sufficient for grinding down spices but for preparing large amounts of freshly grown basil for pesto, the larger the better. An olive wood pestle and mortar is usually made in the traditional, angular shape and a more rounded, smooth shape.
Another popular olive wood herb chopping kitchen utensil is a mezzaluna, which chops herbs quickly and efficiently to retain the freshness and flavour.
The most popular chopping boards are made from olive wood, and with good reason. Olive wood, if cared for properly, will take any amount of hard work and will last a lifetime.
On top of this, olive wood has natural anti-bacterial properties making it ideal for food preparation.
Olive wood boards come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some styled and suited especially for filleting meat, others for salami and even one for slicing bread. The olive wood bread board has a tray with a slotted board resting inside it enabling all the crumbs to fall into the tray.
Olive wood looks beautiful as part of a table setting, either inside or eating outside for 'al fresco' dining. All olive wood chopping boards can be dual purpose and as well as for food preparation in the kitchen they can be used for serving meats and cheeses at the table. In addition there are many traditionally designed olive wood boards for cheeses, salami and bread, many of which come with a matching knife.
Salad never looks better than when served in an olive wood salad bowl and these come in many different sizes from around 50cm in diameter down to small wooden bowls for individual servings. An 'Aperitivo' is an important part of any meal in Italy and there are numerous olive wood bowls, dishes and unusual olive wood aperitivo sets available for serving olives, nuts, chunks of Parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, all of which make perfect olive wood gifts.
Olive wood is has one of the most beautiful grains and makes beautiful bowls which look perfect in any room in the house. Most of these olive wood bowls are hand carved from a single piece of ancient olive wood and make a beautiful receptacle for fruit. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and some olive wood bowls have handles and others have a very rustic appearance.
Olive wood necklaces are typically made from large round beads, small round beads and wooden beads in the shape of olives. Olive wood makes beautiful jewellery with the rich, warm wood creating the base for the interesting patterns formed by the grain of the wood.
The necklaces come in a variety of sizes but are generally classed as long or short. The short olive wood necklaces have a clasp at the back whereas the long strands of wooden beads generally do not. The larger olive beads are usually only a single strand but the smaller beads are often a double, or even triple strand.
As with the olive wood bead necklaces, olive wood bracelets make a simple, but eye-catching and elegant piece of jewellery which can be worn with almost anything. Again, both large and small olive wood beads are used, with the larger ones being single strand and the smaller ones consisting of double or single strands of wooden beads.
The wooden beads used for bracelets are often larger than on a necklace and are carved into rectangles, half moons or oval shapes. The olive wood bead bracelets which have multiple strands have a clasp but single strand bracelets are threaded onto strong elasticated cord. The simplest, and perhaps most effective, of all olive wood bracelets is a circle of olive wood which has been hand carved from a single piece of wood. Olive wood bracelets look very impressive if several are worn at once.
The most common olive wood earrings are made from single beads, either as a stud style earring or attached to a standard hook. They can be just a single, round olive wood bead, or a variety of wooden beads of different sizes.
Olive wood hoops are also a popular choice for earrings and these can vary from small to extremely large, and sometimes can be double or triple hoops. Some use rounded beads and others more oval shaped beads. We have indicated where necklaces have matching bracelets and earrings.Caring for your olive wood products
Olive oil is at the core of Italy and of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and olive trees can be found in abundance all over the region. 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.