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What Is Flavor and How it Comes to Life in Infused Olive Oils?

flavored olive oil

The Beauty of Flavor

In poetic terms, we can say that flavor is a lot of things. Flavor is the soul of food. It is what separates sustenance from a dish of substance. Flavor is the melody of a meal; it’s what keeps you coming back for seconds. As the French say, it has a certain “je n’ais se quoi.”

Okay, but what actually is “flavor?”

Minus all the metaphors and French? says that flavor is…

the sensory impression of a food or other substance, and is determined mainly by the chemical senses of taste and smell. The “trigeminal senses”, which detect chemical irritants in the mouth and throat, may also occasionally determine flavor.

So basically, the combination of how food smells, how it tastes, and how it feels in our mouth create our perception of what that flavor is. Your tongue detects whether or not something is sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or savory (umami), while your nose refines the flavor through the myriad of scents it may have. Some foods– for example, things that are spicy hot– have an additional “feel” aspect that affects how they taste.

Of the three senses, how a food item smells has the most impact on how we perceive it. When food scientists and flavor chemists work to flavor a food product they look at scent first. Natural oil extracts used in Texas Olive Ranch Flavored Olive Oils allows for deep flavor in your food because of its scent focus. Adding lemon, garlic, basil, citrus flavor to meals is really easy with it already infused in the olive oil.

Texas Olive Ranch Flavored Olive Oils

When we set out to create our line of flavored olive oils, we wanted to make products that compliment your food, not overpower it. We chose flavors that work well with our favorite Texas recipes as well as cuisines from around the world. But most importantly, we used the finest first cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil as the base for a difference you can taste. To create each flavor we infuse natural oil made from locally grown herbs and spices. The result is rich and fresh flavor with ease. Click the bottles to see more about individual products. 

Texas Olive Ranch Roasted Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Roasted,  Sweet, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity

This fan favorite is perfect for adding depth to Mediterranean recipes, but it’s also a knockout on its own. Try drizzling some on hot, freshly baked bread and a little parmesan cheese.

Texas Olive Ranch Mesquite Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Smokey, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity, Slightly Sweet
In Texas, BBQ is more than throwing hot dogs on the grill. It’s about a craft of smoking meat and the flavor it lends.
We took smoky mesquite flavor and infused it into our olive oil so you can enjoy the flavor minus the hours chopping wood for the smoker.

Texas Olive Ranch Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Sweet, Citrusy, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity

A hint of citrus can turn most food from “meh” to “wow.” That’s why so many of our favorite dishes come with a lemon slice on the side. Skip the squeeze and add brightness and acidity to your cooking with this Meyer lemon infused olive oil.

Texas Olive Ranch Rattlesnake Infused Chili Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Smokey, Spicy, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity

Don’t worry– there isn’t any real rattlesnake in this infused olive oil. Instead, we create this firecracker flavor with a combination of chipotle and crushed red chili pepper. This is the perfect way to add some healthy heat to your favorite southwest dishes including salsa, Rellenos, and mole sauce.

Texas Olive Ranch Hill Country Herb Garden Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Floral, Citrusy, Sweet, Bitter, Anise, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity

We combined Texas farmer’s fresh Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Bay Leaf, Basil, and Fennel for this earthy infused olive oil. It’s an amazing marinade for your favorite meat dishes plus, you get to skip all the cleaning and chopping.

Texas Olive Ranch Sweet Basil Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Sweet, Slightly Minty, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity

This flavored olive oil is a must-have for basil fanatics. It blends seamlessly into Italian dishes with its fresh herb flavor. Try drizzling it on a Caprese salad with our “Figalicious” Fig Infused Balsamic Vinegar to take the dish to new levels.

Texas Olive Ranch Garden Rosemary Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Fragrant Rosemary, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity

Rosemary is the ultimate herb to pair with meats. Along with some garlic, pepper, and sea salt, it’s all you need to create the perfect flavor profile for fish, lamb, beef, chicken, and pork. Cleaning and cutting fresh rosemary can be time-consuming and tedious, so skip the leg work and use this flavor infused olive oil in your next marinade instead.

Texas Olive Ranch Happy Jalapeño Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Spicy, Smokey, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity

Texans love jalapeño! We pickle it, jelly it, candy it… we even make Margaritas with it! The logical next step was to infuse our delicious extra virgin olive oils with it. Use our Happy Jalapeño Olive Oils in dishes you want to take up a notch, or try it on its own as a spicy salad dressing.

Texas Olive Ranch Rio Grande Valley Orange Infused Olive Oil

Flavor notes: Sweet, Citrusy, Buttery, Peppery, Fruity

We take the juiciest, ripest oranges from the Rio Grande Valley to make this Texas original. This infused olive oil is perfect for warmer months– which in Texas means all year round. Try drizzling it over vanilla ice cream for an elegant dessert sure to impress.

Ready to try our amazing flavored olive oils?

Now is a perfect time! We are offering 15% Off our Flavored Olive Oils so you can stock up this summer with your favorites and find some new ones, as well. Shop now!