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.