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Olive It A Lot

August 1st, 2011 Issue dayid

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The energy crisis is no joke, no matter what type of vehicle you drive.

Which has us thinking about alternative fuels. Even though we don't mean gas.

We mean Mangano's oil -- the extra virgin, dipping and delicious kind. The local connection to the Italian import is right on the label. Josephine Mangano of Minneapolis is pictured picking olives from a tree on her family's farm in Sicily as a child. She and her brother Tano import the organic Valli dell'Etna Olive Oil each year. The bottles have the harvest date right on them.

They're the first to admit that their prices have gone up, but the oil lasts up to two years, in a dark dry spot (not in the refrigerator) and transferred into smaller bottles as you use it. Of course the possibilities for a flavor so lovely are endless, you can drizzle a bit over plain greens. Josephine even uses it on her skin.

Whatever you decide, you'll want to savor every drop -- conserving precious resources is a top priority.

Mangano's Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $39 for a bottle, available at Lucia's To Go (1432 West 31st St, Mpls, 612-823-7125) and Golden Fig (790 W Grand Av, Saint Paul, 651-602-0144).

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