win the prestigious Oliveti Northland Olive Oil trophy

Posted at 10:27am Monday 14 Sep, 2020

Derek and Sally Holland
Derek and Sally Holland

Mahurangi's Derek and Sally Holland are the first to win the prestigious Oliveti Northland Olive Oil trophy two years in a row.

Their Duck Creek Road Olive Oil was named both best in class and best in show at the 2020 awards this month. The couple submitted their Italian-style Luccino and Frantoio oils, as well as a Greek Koronekei, each grown from a different variety of tree.

Their oil is high in polyphenols, which have been scientifically proven to remove free radicals from the blood.

The oil has a polyphenol count of 360. “Anything over 200 is good,” Sally says.

“It's like putting good oil in your car – why not do the same for yourself?” Derek adds.

Derek and Sally have been growing olives since 1995 and harvest all of them by themselves to optimise quality control.

The Oliveti trophy has been awarded each year since 2011 and is made from the roots of an olive tree that was planted in Auckland's Cornwall park in the 1800s.


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