*** ORDERS PLACED BY 3PM EST MONDAY-FRIDAY ARE CURRENTLY BEING SHIPPED THE SAME BUSINESS DAY. ORDERS BEING PLACED BY 12PM EST ON SATURDAY ARE BEING SHIPPED THE SAME DAY. ***
The name is “Alsalam,” which means “peace.”
The Bedouin Company negotiated within its family to procure then patiently waited for it to cross the border from Palestine to Jordan en route to the USA. This is truly a limited edition extra virgin olive oil. The olives are “Nabali Baladi,” one of the oldest varieties in the Middle East, originating from the banks of the Jordan River. The trees are approximately 80-100 years old and are offspring of trees dating back to Roman times.
Palestinian olive oil is renowned for its extra virgin quality due to the topography of its unique, fertile land. The olive season is short so olives are picked at their prime. The olive season culminates annually after the first substantial autumn rains (usually October/November) when families work from morning to night picking olives. Once collected, the olives are taken to a community press, where the oil is extracted and tested for its quality.
Olive trees originated near Syria, spreading to Asia Minor, including Turkey. The olive trees in Palestine are some of the world’s oldest olive trees, dating back 4,000 years. The olive trees, passed down within families for hundreds of years, continue to be the main source of income for 80,000 Palestinian families. According to UN figures, 48% of the agricultural land in the West Bank and Gaza is planted with olive trees and represents 14% of its economy. The trees are more than a source of income, they are symbolic of Palestinians attachment to their land.
The Bedouin Company follows in the footsteps of a past generation. Our maternal grandfather was a spice trader in Palestine. In the late 1940s, he was displaced from his home and joined the Bedouins in neighboring Jordan. Back then, most of Jordan was still a desert community – even Amman – so spice trading was conducted from the back of a camel. Our grandfather would go on to establish the first spice shop in downtown Amman. He also managed to fund a very new small producer which would go on to be the best spice producer in Jordan today. After our grandfather’s passing, the shop closed, but the best memories and dreams live on.