The Yacoub Maalouf family has been growing and milling olives in this region since 1959, producing some of the region’s most superior, naturally made olive oils.
In the year 2000, Chafic Maalouf, owner and general manager, imported a small batch of extra virgin olive oil from his family’s olive groves in Koura, North Lebanon. The unique olive oil was received with great excitement. In Massachusetts, Chafic established Olive Harvest to ensure a reliable connection between his family’s oil production in Lebanon and the growing market in New England. As an agricultural Engineer, a crop Scientist, and a passionate olive oil maker, Chafic devoted his experience and his talents into bringing the best quality olive oil into New England at very affordable prices. Currently, the Yacoub Maalouf family operates a privately owned olive press and more than 35 acres of olive groves in the fertile Koura region of North Lebanon, with the added capability of buying olives and olive oil from neighboring growers.
Archeological evidence reveals that the olive tree has been cultivated in the Koura region of North Lebanon for thousands of years. The Koura region is an elevated plateau situated 350 meters above sea level at the foot of the West Lebanon mountains that tower 3200 meters over the region below. This breath-taking location adjacent to the Mediterranean sea possesses lush soils of silt and clay that are naturally rich in potassium, calcium and minerals. This terroir, coupled with our naturally grown cultivars, make our olive crop superior.
Experience the exquisite flavors, the beautiful aroma and tantalizing color that make our olive oil an exceptional choice.
We are committed to offering the highest quality Lebanese olive oil at a reasonable price, in an environment of happiness and respect to history, culture and humankind.
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This work is dedicated to my father, Yacoub Maalouf (1926-1997). Without his unconditional love and dedication, Olive Harvest would not be possible today.