Terra Rossa - Home of Zait & Zaatar (Arabic for Olive Oil & Thyme)
The Fertile Green Crescent, which covers Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, is home to some of the oldest olive trees dating back to the time of Jesus Christ. The Olive trees are planted in the "Terra Rossa" (Red Soil) region which is the biblical name given to this part of the Middle East. With its magnificent Mediterranean climate, this region has the ideal soil for cultivating olive groves, citrus fruits and grape vines. Growing and nurturing olive trees is embedded in the local culture and olive oil has been used for food, medicine and light in this part of the world for well over 6000 years.
Olive oil has always found a place between the sacred and the divine, like wine no two olive oils are alike. Each is a unique product of soil, climate, olive varieties, age and processing method. Our products are an outcome of modernised ancient methods of collection, preservation and extraction of this blessed fruit, "the olive".
A spoonful a day keeps the doctor away
Hanan Samara, founder of Terra Rossa and also co-star of Sky Travel Channel's "Sophie Grigson in Jordan" series explains: "Extra virgin olive oil is truly a miracle food and whilst many people eat it because its tasty and enjoyable, they don't realise that by consuming it on a regular basis they can actually lose weight, reduce cholesterol, the risk of heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer and even minimise depression. This isn't just hearsay, but has been clinically proven."
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Just like Mama used to make!
A recipe containing no herbs and spices would be very bland indeed and no self respecting Arabian kitchen would be without its own favourite blend of Baharat - the Arabic word for a mixed blend of spices.
Used to flavour every day meals, Baharat is a staple ingredient in every Arabian spice rack and Terra Rossa is delighted to bring its own recipe to the great kitchens of the United Kingdom.
A big congratulations to the winner of our competition and thank you to everyone who entered!
Win the wonder grain Freekeh, the essential Baharat spice mix and a lovely bottle of Garlic infused extra virgin olive oil - the perfect ingredients for making your own Middle Eastern meal!
Award Winning Quality
The saying goes that quality is more important than quantity, but for Terra Rossa both are high on the agenda as this family-run Arabian food speciality company, now in its 8th year, has just added a further six Guild of Fine Food 2013 Great Taste Awards to its already extensive collection.
The new wonder grain that has foodies freaking out!
The Middle-Eastern grain Freekeh is causing quite a stir in the British culinary world, revered for its slightly nutty, wonderful earthy flavour and stuffed to bursting with protein, minerals and vitamins – and the great news is it is now available in the UK from Terra Rossa.
However, whilst Freekeh is the sexy new must-have ingredient spouted about by chefs across the country, this extremely nutritious and wholesome grain has been a staple food for Middle Eastern people since 2300 BC.
Fine Food Digest Editor's Choice - Olive & Tomato Relish
Made from abundant ripe Middle Eastern olives and Terra Rossa’s award-winning Passata, this outstanding new recipe is created with fresh tomatoes, garlic, shallots infused with Terra Rossa’s own Zaater – with fragrant thyme, zesty sumac and the nutty texture of sesame seeds.
Father's Day Competition
The competition is now over. Thank you to everyone that entered and liked us.
The winner of our competition is Victoria Iwan!! Congratulations Victoria.
Father's Day Competition
Win this gorgeous Wooden Gift Presentation Box worth £20 for your special dad this Father's Day - just click on this link: Father's Day Competition to enter our competition by answering one simple question - GOOD LUCK!!
An indulgent combination of flavours
Whether you are a food connoisseur or simply someone who enjoys experiencing exciting new flavours, Terra Rossa's delicious new Olive and Tomato relish guarantees to add a little pizzazz to your dinner table with a combination of flavours appealing to both young and old.
Made from abundant ripe Middle Eastern olives and Terra Rossa's award-winning Passata, this outstanding new recipe is created with fresh tomatoes, garlic, shallots infused with Terra Rossa's own Zaater - with fragrant thyme, zesty sumac and the nutty texture of sesame seeds.Whether you are a food connoisseur or simply someone who enjoys experiencing exciting new flavours, Terra Rossa's delicious new Olive and Tomato relish guarantees to add a little pizzazz to your dinner table with a combination of flavours appealing to both young and old.
Made from abundant ripe Middle Eastern olives and Terra Rossa’s award-winning Passata, this outstanding new recipe is created with fresh tomatoes, garlic, shallots infused with Terra Rossa's own Zaater - with fragrant thyme, zesty sumac and the nutty texture of sesame seeds.
Once tasted, Terra Rossa's Olive and Tomato relish will quickly become a firm favourite and a must-have ingredient in every food cupboard - ready and waiting to spice up burgers or tortillas for the kids' tea, or providing a sophisticated starter for a dinner party with friends.
Easter Treats from the Holy Land
Christians around the world will join in celebration this Easter Sunday and what could be a more fitting gift than the pure golden nectar from some of the oldest olive trees in world, dating back to the time of Jesus Christ and the land of his birth.
Terra Rossa's selection of award-winning extra virgin olive oils come all the way from the Levant and are the finest that you are ever likely to taste - perfect for dunking with Balsamic vinegar and fresh crusty bread - or simply drizzled on pasta, salads or vegetables.
Six More Great Taste Awards!
Anyone passionate about delicious food that has a reliable seal of approval based on great taste should look no further than Terra Rossa, which has just scooped another six Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food for 2012-2013.
Terra Rossa is by no means new to the Great Taste and International Awards, having received numerous accolades over the past 7 years and this year is no exception.
Baba's Secret Sweet Taste of Heaven!
Baba's Rashi & Dibis is a delicious sweet new spread from Terra Rossa, combining Tahini, Date Molasses and Spices - a secret recipe mix of Hanan Samara's father - and a slightly naughty indulgence! Hanan explains: "My Dad was a diabetic and should have avoided sugary treats like this, but he adored Rashi & Dibis and would eat it at 5 o'clock in the morning while the family was sleeping so as not to worry Mama."
Spice up your Culinary Experience with Terra Rossa's Zhoug
Connoisseurs who celebrated the launch of Terra Rossa's fabulous fresh and fiery Zhoug at the 2011 Speciality & Fine Food Fair, will be delighted to learn that the recipe has been improved giving this delicious condiment a shelf life of at least six months - instead of six weeks.
Sophie Grigson in Jordan - A Culinary Trek from Jerash to Aqaba
We are proud to announce that Hanan Samara, founder of Terra Rossa, had the pleasure of showing and cooking with Sophie Grigson, one of the best-selling cookery writers and celebrity TV chef, all around the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The adventures spans 8 half-hour episodes that will be premiered in the UK on The Travel Channel on SKY 251 on Tuesdays from 28th August at 19.30, for Europe and Middle East it premiers on Monday 13th August at 20:00 (CEST), and for Europe and Middle East HD on Monday 13th August at 19:30 (CEST).
This is a journey of discovery of a lovely country forming part of the Levant - the green crescent of the Middle East. Jordan is a Kingdom steeped in history and its rich heritage embraces you as you find remnants of ancient civilizations all around you. This culture-rich Middle Eastern country boasts locally grown fresh produce and warm hospitality that combine to make it a 'foodie' traveller's heaven.
A snapshot of one of the episodes can be seen on the website of the talented filming team, Rampage Studio, at http://www.rampagestudio.co.uk/home.html.
Gastronomic New Mini Tri-Gift Box Range
Retailers looking for exciting new impulse gift purchases to make an interesting change from traditional wines and chocolates should look no further than the latest new launch from Terra Rossa - a mini gift box containing three of its finest Great Taste Award-Winning Olive Oils: Sinolea, Lemon and Chilli infused olive oils.
Terra Rossa at the Foodies Festival 2012, Brighton
Terra Rossa were at the Foodies Festival in sunny Brighton at the end of May. Check the See us at page for exhibitions and events that we will be attending. We'd love to see you there!
Truly traditional Easter treats
With Easter on the horizon, why not bring the healthy taste of the holy land into your home with some of the finest extra virgin olive oils in the world - brought all the way from the red soils of Jordan by Terra Rossa.
Whilst Christians across the world will be celebrating the rise of Jesus Christ on Sunday 8th April, few will realise that many of the olive groves from which Terra Rossa's oils are reaped were actually around to bear witness to the historic event. What better gift could you give to loved ones to celebrate Easter than a beautifully presented gift pack of the very finest Sinolea olive oil - either natural and bursting with fresh olive flavours, or infused with herbs such as mint, basil, chilli or lemon.
Those who gave up chocolate for Lent might prefer to continue their new healthy lifestyle beyond the traditional 40 days - so rather than chocolates - present them with delicious infused extra virgin olive oils, which are tantalising to the taste buds soaked into fresh crusty bread; and can help to protect their health too!
Of course if sweetness is a must - and kids do love to have an Easter Sunday Egg Hunt - why not introduce them to some traditional sweets from the holy land too including mouth-watering sugared coated almonds and assorted nougats bursting with pistachios.
For something extra special this Easter check out our website - and don't forget, delivery is completely free until Tuesday 10th April!
A feast of fabulous foods
Don't forget that Mother's Day is fast approaching (18th March) - so make sure you show her how special she is by giving her a delicious gift that will keep her healthy too. Did you know that a couple of spoons of top quality extra virgin olive oil can lower cholesterol in just a week?
With the Easter holidays also on the horizon, now is a great time to stock up on essentials to add a bit of spice to the occasion. Herby Zaatar adds a delicious thyme taste to that Easter Sunday Roast and a generous sprinkle of Zesty Sumac will add a delicious lemony taste to transform casseroles and stews into a gastronomic delight.
As for the "Kids Easter Sunday Egg Hunt" why not add something new like the Jordanian sweets "Manna from Heaven" and tell them the story behind it, (details here on the website) along with the amazing "Sugar Coated Almonds" or "Assorted Nougat with Pistachios".
Zaatar Sauce and Dukka Harrisa are all staples of the food cupboard as they are so versatile they can be enjoyed for any occasion and also make a quick fulfilling meal in minutes. If friends pop in unexpectedly each of the herb mixes or sauces make a great dip with crusty bread, or add to pasta, jacket potatoes or as a pizza topping for an instant tasty treat.
Perk up your health!
Whilst many of us are starting the New Year with resolutions to improve our well-being - whether by cutting down on fatty foods and alcohol, or giving up smoking - few realise that simply introducing Olive oil into their daily diet can have the most amazing health benefits of all.
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4 more Great Taste Awards for 2011!
We are pleased to announce that 4 of our products have won Great Taste Awards!.
The Basil and Lemon Infused oils, along with the Nougat with Pistachio each scooped one star, while the Terroirs de Marrakech won 2 stars!
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NEW - Fiery Zhoug
Made from all freshly cut ingredients such as coriander, chillies, garlic, Terra Rossa herb mixes and its Jordanian first cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, this condiment is traditionally enjoyed by mixing a little Zhoug with olive oil and eaten with fresh bread as an aperitif.
Zhoug is a delicious fiery hot relish originally from the Arabian Peninsula and Yemenites in particular believe in its health benefits and eat it daily to keep illness away and enhance their well being.
NEW - Mint Infused Olive Oil
Using our award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil with the very best of fresh Jordanian Mint leaves to produce a gentle yet distinctly sweet flavourful oil that enhances the taste of any salad or dish that you use it with. Use it as a starter by dunking with freshly baked bread, as a marinade for fish or chicken, drizzled over salads, steamed vegetables, grilled Halloumi or barbequed fillets, couscous, pasta and mashed potatoes, or for making your own delicious bread.
Palestian Pottery from Jerusalem
We aim to inspire you with this unique collection, which might sit beautifully in your home, or given as a gift for a loved one.
They are all dishwasher proof and microwave safe.
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Atlas Olive Oils in France Magazine
Atlas Olive Oil mentioned in France Magazine, the best of culture, travel & art de vivre
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Taste of Arabia - Terra Rossa's Slow Food Party Tuesday 22 of February
Terra Rossa will be hosting a three-course Arabian food night at The Dispensary Pub in London. Why not join us on the 22nd February and sample for yourself the delightful and mouth-watering tastes of Arabia.
For further information please visit the Slow Food London website.
Exquisite Olive Oil Presentation Box
The selection box contains the First cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, Chilli infused olive oil, Basil infused olive oil, the recently launched Garlic infused olive oil, Lemon infused olive oil, and last but not least, its top of the range Un-filtered and Cold-drip extracted Sinolea extra virgin olive oil.
2010 Great Taste Awards
Terra Rossa are pleased to announce that they have won another four awards for their exquisite Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
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Terra Rossa at The Taste of London on BBC Arabic
Terra Rossa were recently interviewed by BBC Arabic at The Taste of London.
Garlic Infused Oil Now in Stock!
We are pleased to announce that Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been added to our award winning range of Olive Oils.
Made from our premium quality first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, infused with fresh garlic that is stone crushed along with the olives. The resulst is a superb tasting olive oil that is quite versatile and can be used on fish, in salads, as a dipping oil, over grilled fillets, with mashed potatoes, over grilled bread, over pasta and in many other ways. Like all our infused oils, the flavour is subtle and doesn't overpower the senses.
Terra Rossa launches 1L Doypack Pouches
Terra Rossa, known for its Great Taste Award Winning Arabian Specialities, is pleased to announce the launch of a 1L Doypack Pouch filled with its 1st Cold Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Jordan that is high in polyphenol content and vitamins and pleasantly low in acidity.
Terra Rossa adds Balsamic Vinegar to their range
Terra Rossa have teamed up with Acetaia DODI to bring you the best Italian balsamic vinegar to complement our exquisite olive oils.
Ideal as seasoning for salads, raw vegetable dips, boiled meats and sauces. Delicate with fish and meat dishes. A few drops of Riserva di Famiglia add taste to a flake of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. It gives a unique added taste to fruit salads, gelato, creams and eggnogs. Come bed-time, it makes an excellent nightcap, alone or in company.
Les Terroirs de Marrakech wins Gold 2 Star Great Taste Award!
We are proud to announce that Les Terroirs de Marrakech has won a Gold 2 Star Great Taste Award.
This invaluable oil, with a limited production of 25,000 liters, comes from a manual selection of the best Picholine du Languedoc olives; it's well balanced, almost a sweet early harvest oil with a fresh herbal taste. It features mild fruit, green apple and artichoke notes, and a distinct peppery finish. Les Terroirs de Marrkech Aqallal - selection is an exclusive product with a genuine taste retracing the story of its terroir to the nose and palate.
Terra Rossa Launches Dukka Harissa!
Made from the best available fresh Tomatoes, Chilli and Shallots, the first cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and their Dukka Coriander mix, Dukka Harissa is traditionally eaten by mixing it with olive oil and eaten with fresh bread as an aperitif. It also forms one of the basic ingredients in many North African and Middle Eastern cuisine to flavour soups and stews and is commonly eaten as a condiment to fluffy couscous or rice.
Not only is it delicious to dip with using bread or Nachos, Dukka Harissa is a truly versatile salsa that can add rich spicy hot flavour to any dish. Try tossing it into pasta, as a relish for grilled vegetables, jacket potatoes or barbequed meat, fried chicken or fish, as a filling for tortillas, burgers, pitta bread with falafel, and as a topping mixed with cheese for pizzas and paninis. It is extremely easy to cook with and adds that definite lift to any meal - simply fry some meat, fish or chicken with onion and garlic, and stir in a tablespoon of Harissa and enjoy!
Zaytoun Wins Times Readers' Ethical Business Award!
"Winning this award is a fantastic boost for Zaytoun; we were really moved by the comments readers had posted on The Times site expressing both compassion for the situation of the Palestinian farmers and enjoyment of their delicious olive oil. It is this support which has enabled Zaytoun to come into fruition and the award has energised us all to work harder in supporting marginalised farmers and introducing more wonderful Palestinian products to the market."
"Thank you to everyone who voted for Zaytoun, your support is greatly appreciated. Information on the other wonderful business who were part of the ethical business awares can be found on the Triodos web site www.triodos.co.uk"
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1st rank for ATLAS OLIVE OILS at the LEONE DORO dei MASTRI OLEARI international competition held in Milano
Atlas Olive Oils has been awarded the -Grand Mention Diploma- by the XVIII International Award LEONE DORO DEI MASTRI OLEARI in Italy. Our oil was in competition with the best and most balanced italian, spanish and greek olive oils.
This Competition is organized yearly by a Corporation of Italian olive oil Masters. Winning such an Award in Italy, the country where olive oil is at its best, is a real satisfaction for Atlas Olive Oils.
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Terra Rossa Launches Zesty Sumac!
In addition to our award-winning Zaatar and Dukka herb mixes we are proud to announe the launch of our new dipping herb: Zesty Sumac.
Sumac comes from berries that are first harvested, dried and then crushed and features heavily in Arabic cuisine and is often substituted for lemon or vinegar due its zesty and tangy flavour.
Sumac is delicious sprinkled over salads and dips such as houmous and Greek yoghurt, as a rub for meat, poultry and fish. It is traditionally eaten with kebabs and is one of the important ingredients in Terra Rossa's Herby Zaatar and Spicy Dukka. It can also be added to dressings, marinades and sauces for pasta, fish, chicken, lamb, soups, rice dishes and casseroles.
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Terra Rossa Wins 4 Gold Great Taste Awards for 2008
We are thrilled to inform you that Terra Rossa has won four more Gold Great Taste Awards for our
Lemon Infused Oil, Zaatar Bites, Menna from Heaven and Glacé Fruits!
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Terra Rossa Launches Zaatar Sauce!
We are pleased to announce that a new product has been added to our exquisite range - Zaatar Sauce. Made from our award-winning extra virgin olive oil, zaatar and pine nuts, the sauce is delicious drizzled over pasta, salad, houmous, yoghurt, mixed with cheese to make pizza and paninis, as a dressing or marinade over fish, chicken and lamb.
Terra Rossa wins first place at IOTEX!
We would just like to inform you that we attended the International Olive Products and Technology Exhibition in Jordan on the 22nd - 24th March 2008 (IOTEX). Participants from various countries were present Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Tunisian, Libyan, Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian and of course Jordanian. An olive oil contest was done for the Arab olive oil producers and Terra Rossa EVOO received the first place award. Certified panel tasters were the judges headed by Dr. Paula Fioravanti which is a leading taster at the IOOC (International Olive Oil Council). We are very proud of our Terra Rossa olive oil.
Terra Rossa Wins yet another 3 Gold Great Taste Awards!
Each year, almost 4,500 foods are blind-tasted by the Guild of Fine Food of Retailers team of experts. Since May 2007 there has been nearly two weeks of tasting by over 400 independent judges and up to three separate teams of experts, resulting in 530 Great Taste Awards given out for excellence in taste, texture and flavour.
And we are absolutely thrilled to inform you that our products, as per usual, are amongst the winners of these prestigious awards, and they are: the Evoo extra virgin olive oil, the Lemon Infused extra virgin olive oil and the newly launched Zaatar Oat and Cheese Bites.
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Hampers Now in Stock!
We're excited to introduce the latest addition to our line of award-winning speciality food gifts - Jordanian Hampers.
These two hampers are based on either our classic oils - Sinolea & Evoo or our three infused oils - Lemon, Basic & Chilli. In addition, the hampers are filled with other Jordanian delicacies including Zaatar Thyme mix, Sugared Almonds, Sugared Fruits, Zaatar Oat Biscuits and 2 matching terra-cotta dipping pots.
Perfect as a healthy, alternative Easter Treat and a terrific gift for food lovers!
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Terra Rossa Strikes Gold (and Silver and Bronze)
Terra Rossa, producers of the award-winning Zait & Zaatar (Arabic for olive oil and thyme) has kept up it's tradition of winning tasty awards by once again scooping a Gold Great Taste Award from the Guild of Fine Food Retailers for it's Sinolea cold-drip, unfiltered and stone crushed extra virgin olive oil. It also received a Silver award for their Lemon infused oil and three Bronze awards for their cold-pressed Evoo as well as their Chilli and Basil infused oils.
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Hurray! Our Infused Oils are here!!!
Made from our Evoo extra virgin oilve oil, they are now on sale at £5.50 for a 250ml bottle. The oils are great for dipping and drizzling, and when combined with Zaatar, are also ideal for baking bread, pizzas, paninis, etc...
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Terra Rossa wins 2006 iTQi Superior Taste Award
The International Taste & Quality Institute - iTQi - is an independent organization dedicated to judging and rewarding superior-tasting food and beverages with juries composed of top European Chefs, beverages experts and sommeliers.
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Zait & Zaatar Wins Great Taste Awards
We are pleased to announce that our Sinolea extra virgin olive oil along with our Zaatar have been awarded the Silver and Gold Great Taste Awards respectively and Sinolea Dipping kit has been awarded the iTQi Internationional Taste Award.
The Great Taste Awards are the oscars of the food industry.
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