Donation of Last Year’s Profits

Today I have donated the profits of £273 from the last accounting year, 31 March 2021:

£102 was donated to Zaytoun’s Trees for Life project enabling 25 olive trees to be planted.  The olive saplings are distributed to farmers and planted in Palestine, on an annual basis, every January.

£171 was donated to MAP, Medical Aid for Palestinians.  MAP’s vision is a future where all Palestinians can access an effective, sustainable and locally-led system of healthcare, and the full realisation of their rights to health and dignity.

Thank you for your support.


Climate activism in Palestine

As well as covering ecological issues, this protest draws attention to an egregious example of the expropriation of Palestinian land.

972 magazine reports that climate justice and human rights activists from the ‘One Climate’ group chained themselves to entrance of an Israeli quarry to protest the theft of Palestinian land and destruction of local ecology.

Palestinians themselves could not join the protest because the quarry is located on the “Israeli” side of the separation fence.

“We came to stop the destruction, to make the connection between the occupation and annexation and climate,” said Mor Gilboa, one of the leaders of One Climate, who chained himself to the entrance of the quarry. “The plan to expand the quarry is not only being carries for economic reasons, but also to create contiguity from the settlement of Elkana to Rosh HaAyin,” he said.
Read the article here

Christmas Orders Update

Zaytoun are expecting delivery into the UK of the newly harvested produce (5kg Almonds, 5kg Maftoul, and 500ml Unfiltered Olive Oil) around 14 December so I hope to dispatch to customers on or soon after 18 December.  I’m sorry it is cutting it a bit fine for Christmas.

Christmas Orders

I’ll be placing an order with Zaytoun on Monday, 30 November; if you place an order with me by mid-day 30th I can guarantee you will receive your order before Christmas.  I will continue to dispatch from stock, orders received by end of Thursday, 19th.

I have not yet heard when I will be receiving the pre-ordered 5kg almonds and 500ml unfiltered olive oil but once I receive these goods I shall be dispatching, hopefully, during week commencing 7 December.

Behind The West Bank Barrier

Accessing olive groves

Palestinian farmers returning from the olive groves behind the West Bank Barrier.

UN agencies and international NGOs call for the protection of Palestinian olive harvesters.  In the first four weeks of the season alone (7 October – 2 November), the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recorded 33 incidents where people known or believed to be Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians or damaged their trees or produce. Twenty-five Palestinians were injured, over 1,000 olive trees were burnt or otherwise damaged, and large amounts of produce were stolen.

The Hazards of Harvest in Palestine

Collecting olives

The olive harvest started in October but Palestinian farmers face grave restrictions.  Imagine only being allowed on to your land twice a year and even then only for a day or two when much longer is necessary in order to tend the trees and harvest the crop.  The lady in the photo is 77 years old and lives within sight of her olive trees, but she has to apply to the Israeli army to gain access.  In fact, she believes the army conspires with the (illegal) settlers to steal the harvest and vandalise the trees – .

The Magic of Medjouls


Known as ‘nature’s fudge’, Medjoul dates bring a healthy, caramelly indulgence to both sweet and savoury dishes.  They pack a hefty nutritional punch into each mouthful, and athletes tell us they love them for their slow release of sugars.

Chop them into granola, whizz them into smoothies, add them to flapjacks or use them to make the best brownies and sticky toffee puddings!  Try Zaytoun’s quick recipe for date and nut bites, or their almond-stuffed chocolate dates.

They’re not just for those of us with a sweet tooth either!  Include them for depth and richness in savoury stews and tagines, add to rice, maftoul or freekeh pilafs, and they’re delicious chopped into a salad.

Medjouls love a filling, and can be stuffed with an almond, cheese or peanut butter for a wholesome energy boost, or filled and covered in chocolate for a decadent dessert.  Sometimes, though, simple is best and we enjoy them on their own with a cup of coffee at mid-morning, although we wouldn’t say no to a Medjoul date with a square of dark chocolate popped inside!

But, at the end of the day (and I like a couple as dessert), simply enjoy them as they are.

The Almond Harvest

The almond harvest this year has been a good one, although less so for the organic.  Zaytoun have been able to offer a price reduction on the 5kg pack based on the better harvest and by choosing a slightly smaller kernel size than the ones they have previously purchased.  The almonds are a growth area for Palestinian farmer livelihoods.

I expect to hear around the end of November when the almonds are to be delivered to me and I will notify the date to my subscribers.

The Smell of Crushed Olives….

During the harvest, the smell of crushed olives hangs in the air as the village presses receive the ripe, handpicked fruit from the trees. The arrival of the new season’s oil is a joy to see and taste. This organic cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil contains the light olive pulp that creates a blend with a fruity aroma straight from the olive groves and the peppery kick of a fresh pressing.

Fairtrade foundation

Olive particles and water are a natural outcome of crushing olives and initially produce a cloudy oil. In our year-round olive oil, the liquid is given time to settle and form a sediment before the oil is filtered to produce a clear golden-green nectar.

Unfiltered olive oil, on the other hand, is like fresh juice. It boasts strong health properties as it retains more polyphenols and anti-oxidants. It is also cloudy and has a short shelf life, and should therefore be consumed within 6 weeks of opening.  Unopened it will keep up to a maximum of one year.

This is presented in a reusable Costalata swingtop 500ml bottle (like the old ‘pop’ bottles).  I have ordered an additional quantity over and above the pre-orders I received.  It’s not too late to secure a supply but this may be a one-off opportunity so first come, first served.

I expect to hear around the end of November when the unfiltered olive oil is to be delivered to me and I will notify the date to my subscribers.