When you think of Southern Georgia, you may think of pecans, peaches, cotton fields and live oak trees. And peanuts. Yet, what you may not know is that a new cold-pressed green peanut oil, made on Oliver Farm in Wilcox County, has caught attention of chefs and culinary enthusiasts across the nation...
Clay Oliver decided to create the peanut oil in 2012 after he felt the effects of the recession and needed a way to cover monthly costs on he and his brother Clint's century old family farm. He sold them at local Farmer's Markets and a few events but no one was all that enthused about peanut oil until Georgia Organics took some interest. They suggested that Clay visit the chef of Miller Union, Steven Satterfield to share his new creation. He did. And Steven loved it.
And timing is everything. Steven just happened to be on his way to shoot The Mind of a Chef on PBS in an episode that featured southern chef, Sean Brock. Sean tried the oil on camera- was quickly smitten and the oil became an instant hit with yet another influential chef.
When describing the taste of the green peanut oil, Steve shared, "It has this great green bean kind of greenness to it." He uses the oil much like a high quality extra-virgin olive oil, adding it to salads and fresh vegetables. The oil is wholly unique as the peanuts Clay harvests are smaller than the typical ones you find and are pressed at low temperatures to extract optimal, fresh flavors from the peanut. If you need a culinary gift this holiday season, this critically acclaimed oil (that is still a bit of a secret) is perfect. Clay also crafts additional high quality oils and flours on his farm as well. Learn about all of it, here.