Thursday, 26 March 2015

Giveaway: Win a one year adoption of an olive tree



I love products that are out of the ordinary and the olive tree adoption scheme from Pomora ticks lots of boxes for me.

We get through so much olive oil in our house I probably should own my own tree, but sadly the climate here in the UK isn't conducive to olive production! Whether it's using it in cooking, bread-making, for salad dressings or just to dip fresh bread into with a dash of balsamic, we seriously do get through gallons of the stuff.

The adoption scheme from Pomora allows you to 'adopt' a tree on an Italian olive farm, helping that farmer receive a fair and regular income.  In return you'll receive updates from the owner and every quarter 3 delicious tins of olive oil.

Whilst the oil you receive may come from a number of different trees on the farm (logistically it wouldn't be possible to ensure each adopter gets oil only from their tree) you will be sent a selection of different oils and flavoured oils - lemon, rosemary and truffle to name a few.

Clearly, the ethical benefits of this scheme are great.  You'll be supporting small, independent farmers and their communities.  As Pomora don't retail their oils through shops, more of your money goes back directly to the farmer on the ground.  Farmers like Antonio who is proud and passionate about his olive groves.


And if you ever happen to be in the vicinity, you're able to visit your adopted tree and I'm sure you'd get a warm welcome from the growers.

I was sent a selection of three olive oils, each one with it's own distinctive taste.  You can see in the photo the different depth of colour and this is reflected in the taste - from light and zingy citrus flavours through to a rich, full bodied oil.  I received Olio Nuovo, young, fresh oil which has a gorgeous vibrant colour.

It was interesting tasting these alongside each other, learning about the regions they'd come from and we all had our own personal favourites.




A full years adoption costs £135 and this includes all shipping.  The adoptions are currently available to both the UK and the USA.

I think this makes a really unique gift for a foodie friend, perhaps someone who is interested in fair trade and the sustainability of their goods.  As the deliveries are spread out throughout the year it's a gift that keeps on giving - what a treat to have these wonderful quality oils delivered direct to your door every few months.  The adoption certificate and information pack is sent out electronically when you place your order (to save trees!) so it makes a great last-minute gift.  You may also request to receive a hard copy of the paperwork at no extra cost.





I'm pleased to say that I have a one-year adoption pack to give away to one lucky reader.  Simply complete the instructions on the rafflecopter below to be in with a chance.  Open to UK entrants only, one winner will be chosen at random.  Closing date is midnight Friday April 3rd 2015.


Disclosure: The prize is supplied and fulfilled by Pomora, who also sent me some samples of oil for the purpose of this review. 

140 comments:

  1. I use it when making pasta dishes and salads x

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  2. I like using it with fresh bread!

    Ashleigh

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  3. its a great idea we use it alot with salads

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  4. The originality and uniqueness of each batch of oil.

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  5. I use olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make a delicious salad dressing.

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  6. Love this scheme that supports farmers to produce top quality produce in a sustainable manner

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  7. i love the fact you're supporting the independant farmers, and that you can visit your tree if you like

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  8. I love drizzling olive oil over jacket potatoes instead of butter - yum!

    Elizabeth H

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  9. EV o is just the best......

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  10. I use Olive oil all the time when cooking and this scheme is excellent

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  11. Michael Flieger26 March, 2015 22:24

    I keep a small bottle on my radiator to keep warm and if I get earache I pour a small amount of the warm olive oil in my ear. It soon sorts out my earache

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  12. A very worthwhile, sustainable project encouraging widespread involvement. Oils would be great on salads amd fror dipping with artisan breads.

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  13. I love using Olive Oil over salad, pizza and bruschetta x

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  14. I use it for salad dressings :)

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  15. I use it on salads, to dip bread in, in cooking, and even in cakes.

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  16. I Love Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar For Dipping Crusty Bread :)

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  17. I think the scheme is great - providing a fair deal for the farmers

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  18. I've been a member of a "rent an olive tree" scheme before and I think it is a great way to sample the oils. This scheme looks particularly good as it supports small producers and in that way gives us a chance to try oils that we wouldn't be able to pick up in the supermarket.

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  19. great way to support growers, and totally perfect gift for my sister. I might save her a quarter ;)

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  20. My favourite way to use olive oil is to drizzle it over sliced mozzarella, basil and sliced tomatoes, then serve with plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Yum!

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  21. love the idea as a pressie and I like olive oil to cook with and on salads

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  22. I eat a lot of grins, spelt etc, I love loads on that

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  23. Making a really nice salad dressing

    @fionaseaeagle

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  24. Dipping warm pita bread in olive oil and then dipping it in zatar.

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  25. I use olive oil for most of my cooking and do love mixing it with a little balsamic vinegar and dipping fresh bread in it :)

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  26. I love using Olive Oil over salad, pizza.

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  27. I use Olive oil in my homemade humus

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  28. I use olive oil for everything- bread, hummus, salad etc!

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  29. Spaghetti, olive oil, garlic and chilli. Perfect.

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  30. I would use it on Salads, think it's a fab idea though

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  31. I think it's a lovely and innovative way to promote fairtrade :-)

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  32. What a nice gift idea

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  33. It's perfect with balsamic vinegar for dipping bread!

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  34. make lovely salad dressing x

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  35. I would reserve these tasty good quality oil for drizzling over my salads

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  36. I use olive oil when making blueberry muffins - it works

    rominy colville

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  37. Fantastic idea. We use lots of oil, I like it drizzled over roast vegetables

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  38. Edward Guerreiro27 March, 2015 15:08

    I think it’s a great idea, on the condition that the oil you receive is good quality (Without question it would have to be extra virgin, as the image above suggests it is). Also, perhaps I would like some choice on the varieties you receive. As I'm not sure each would be suitable for all of the recipes I use olive oil for.

    As for how I use olive oil, the answer is simply in anything/everything. We get through some much of that stuff.

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  39. I like the scheme because it gives me a chance to be part of something sustainable.

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  40. I use it on almost everything, but best for salad dressings

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  41. i like when making pasta or for dipping with nice fresh bread

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  42. i love olive oil drizzled on my salads

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  43. I use it for cooking mainly but suspect if I had a good variety I would use it with bread as a dipping sauce

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  44. This is a great idea! I love using olive oil to make a homemade salad dressing

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  45. I love the whole idea, the freshness and batch control is amazing.

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  46. I always drizzle olive oil over a hearty salad

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  47. I love using it in a Greek salad and I love the idea of adopting an olive tree

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  48. I use olive oil to cook with especially to cover quorn burgers and sausages before cooking in the oven.

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  49. I use it with balsamic vinergar for a quick and tasty dressing.

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  50. My favorite way to use olive oil is in salad dressings

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  51. I think that this is a wonderful idea - I use olive oil every day in my cooking and it would be so lovely to know that it had come from my own tree!

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  52. Everyday, but I keep a nice olive oil to go in salad dressings

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  53. Love olive oil with fresh bread and balsamic!

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  54. I love that its such a unique idea, Id quite enjoy telling people this oil came from my own tree

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  55. my favourite way to use olive oil is drizzled over bruschetta

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  56. cooking anything, especially pasta

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  57. I love olive oil on pasta and a drizzle on top of pizzas finish them off perfectly. But best of all, simply with bread to really taste the oil itself

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  58. With fresh crusty bread and balsamic vinegar. Might have to have that now actually....

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  59. As a dipping oil with balsamic vinegar and a selection of breads

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  60. Its really nice to dip crusty bread in! :)

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  61. I love using olive oil in dressings.

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  62. Olive oil to add to my feta salad

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  63. I love olive oil, use it regularly and even the simplest way of eating-fresh crusty bread dipped in good quality oil is gorgeous-mainly though for roasting veg, stirring through pasta and in salad dressings. Great scheme to ensure hard working growers get supported. Helen Clayton @hellywellytaff

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  64. I like my olive oil mixed with raspberry vinegar and taken daily

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  65. I love drizzling olive oil over jacket potatoes - leanne w

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  66. I use olive oil in every day cooking - salads, frying, bread dipping, drizzling over salads

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  67. prefer using it as a salad dressing

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  68. Salad Dressing but I also use it for frying.

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  69. i love olive oil, its really nice in a greek salad.

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  70. I like to use olive oil to make a lovely dressing

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  71. I alway use olive oil over my pasta i love it !

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  72. Great idea very sustainable project which helps farmers produce great oils

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  73. i love how its sustainable and supporting the independant farmers. I love to dip it in bread

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  74. drizzled over pasta and ciabatta

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  75. instead of butter on Jacket Potatoes I love to use Olive Oil - it's so tasty!

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  76. I love olive oils as dips with fresh baked bread.

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  77. An original way to get a little ray of Italian sunshine into my kitchen

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  78. I love mixing olive oil with balsamic vinegar and then dipping bread in it!

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  79. I love this idea. I use olive oil on my salad and on nice warm, crusty bread.

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  80. I like live oil on ciabatta bread

    trevor linvell

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  81. I love how unusual it is as a gift

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  82. I love olive oil in my salad dressing

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  83. Baked chicken but also its great if you are prone to dry hair!

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  84. Sounds like a great deal for the olive farmers - no middle men!

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  85. I use it for my Italian dishes.

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  86. Lovely idea, I love olive oil bases salad dressings.

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  87. I love olive oil for all Italian Cooking

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  88. Fantastic quality oil with the wonderful gift of fair trade to boot

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  89. I love to use olive oil to make my own pesto. Thank you!

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  90. I like that its not just a one off gift that would get put away and forgotton its something of real use that gives the oppertunity to try diffrent olive oils :)

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  91. I love the idea of supporting independent famers. I love to use olive oil in pesto and pasta dishes as well as ciabatta bread

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  92. I love a good warm bread dipped in olive oil :)

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  93. It is a great idea to support farmers and getting some olive oil is a bonus.

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  94. I love it to dress salads and this is such a great way to spupport farmers

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  95. I love using few drops on salad or on the toast :)

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  96. I love to use olive oil to make yummy chicken croquettes

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  97. I love the idea of knowing exactly where my olive oil is from and how fresh it its.

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  98. What a fab gift for a foodie :)

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  99. Great idea, I'd love to try some of those oils on my salads in the summer

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  100. Excellent on salads like mozzarella caprese - YUM! (Sarah Franks)

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  101. I love to have the olive oil for dipping bread into, especially the flavoured oils.

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  102. infused with lemon and drizzled over salads

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  103. I love that you can actively support independent farmers through the scheme

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  104. Olive oil on a sime bit of bread is heaven

    @jamiecomps

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  105. I love it drizzled over pizza :) xx

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  106. Fairtrade priciples at its best

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  107. Hi only put some on a pizza.

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  108. I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea to help support Olive Tree farmers!

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  109. Love drizzling over pasta :)

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  110. drizzle some on fresh bread yum

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  111. I love using a really good olive oil on homemade focaccia

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  112. With bread and balsamic vinegar

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  113. You can't beat a fantastic olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip.

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  114. The connection it gives you to the environment and landscape the tree grows, and the human interest of the lifestyle of the farmers who tend to the trees :)

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  115. Love the ethical idea of this!

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  116. This is a great ethical yet win-win idea

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  117. I like to dip warm bread in olive oil and balsamic vinegar

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  118. It's such a unique and interesting concept! I use olive oil for everything from cooking to hair care. My favourite way to eat it is, like many others have said, by dipping freshly baked bread into it.

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  119. Love drizzling a quality olive oil over huge Mediterranean tomatoes

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  120. Over vegetables and pasta as a light vegetarian supper.

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