Olive oil can be a delicious dietary staple for humans looking for a heart-healthy alternative to butter or for cars looking to drop an unsightly spare tire. Taste the fruits of this universal emollient with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a gift box of artisanal olive oil and sea salt from The Artisanal Kitchen online (a $75 total value). The gift box includes:
- A 1-liter bottle of Three Olives olive oil (a $28 value)
- One jar of sea salt (a $10 value)
- One souvenir trunk case (a $25 value)
- Shipping (a $12 value)
The Artisanal Kitchen’s digital pantry is hand-stocked by proprietor Anna Zoitas, a judge for the International Fancy Food Show who has examined more than 2,000 specialty foods and beverages. Two of the company’s provisions are the cold-pressed Three Olives olive oil and gourmet sea salt. Three Olives is an unfiltered, cold-pressed, 100% extra-virgin fusion that blends distinct flavors from a trio of olives raised in California’s central valleys. The fruity arbequina olive imparts a soft texture usually found only in cashmere sweaters. Palates detect a nuttier taste from the arbosana olive, whose high polyphenol level may reduce the risk of heart disease, and the kalamatan koroneiki olive bears a fruitier aroma. Three Olives’ mellow taste renders it ideal for cooking, dipping, and making dressings, although its low acidity (less than 0.5%) renders it useless as battery fuel. Additionally, a jar of artisanal sea salt accentuates full flavors and rich aromas, and a keepsake trunk case protects all edibles.
The Artisanal Kitchen
Spending summers on her grandparents' farm in Greece whetted Anna Zoitas's appetite for globetrotting and healthy, handcrafted cuisine. After refining her palate on further travels through Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, she became a judge for the prestigious International Fancy Food Show. There, she examined more than 2,000 specialty foods and beverages, many of which she now stocks in The Artisanal Kitchen's online pantry.
Carefully crafted in small batches, all of Anna's handpicked products come from all-natural organic ingredients, from extra-virgin olive oils and jams to kosher, gluten-free coffee made from arabica beans grown 4,000–6,000 feet above sea level—roughly the height of the Jolly Green Giant’s top hat. Anna provides quick, healthy recipes on the shop's website, many of which incorporate products—such as arbosana olive oil—that can help boost health and reduce the risk of heart disease.