It's a long road from the Loire Valley to California. Saumur based La Tourangelle decided that the best way to produce its gourmet oils in the US was to partner with California Oils.
Mind you, we are not talking olives here.
The oils are extracted from walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and also grapeseeds. Add to that sesame, pistachio and pecan.
There is a long tradition of French farmers making oil from nuts collected on their property.
The La Tourangelle US website besides offering information on its various oils, also shares a number of yummy recipes.
So if you want to add un certain je ne sais quoi to your salad, a main dish or even a cake take a peak at La Tourangelle.
If you visit the Saumur area, you can even take a tour of the company's Oil Museum. It is open year round and the visit takes about one hour.
I also suggest that you read Georgette Brennan's excellent article, Walnut oil has French Pedigree on La Tourangelle US.
Got you hungry now?
I discovered these wonderful oils thanks to Sam of Becks and Posh.