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Queen Creek Olive Mill
Queen Creek Olive Mill

Queen Creek Olive Mill

© 2005 Judy Hedding
Queen Creek Olive Mill is not an overwhelming or impressive structure, nor is it a terribly famous destination on most tourist itineraries. The Queen Creek Olive Mill is a family owned company that grows and presses olives for the production of high quality extra virgin olive oil. I first visited Queen Creek Olive Oil in 2005, and then again in 2010. It certainly did change in those 5 years! Several fine restaurants around town who are keen on supporting locally owned and operated businesses are using these olive oils in their food preparation.

The Arizona extra virgin olive oil is a blend of several olive varieties. The classic olives of Tuscany; the Lechino, Frantoio, Pendolino, and Lucca; the Mission Olive; the Spanish varietals Manzanillo and Sevillano, as well as the Italian Baroni and Grappelo, and the Greek Kalamata.

The Queen Creek Olive Mill is located at Rittenhouse Rd. south of Ocotillo Road. The address is 25062 S. Meridian Road in Queen Creek.

When you get there, and you see the facility pictured above, you'll ask the same question that almost everyone asks when they walk in the door--where are the olive trees??? I'll tell you on the next page....

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