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Extra-virgin Olive Oil and Alzheimer's

Posted at 9:22am on August 29, 2017 in TWISTED TRUNK OLIVE OIL

It has been known for some time that olive oil is one of the most beneficial oils on the market. It's antioxidant content sets it apart entirely from other plant-based oils. The medical community has been long studying its effects on the cardiovascular system. They have found the fatty acid content of olive oil protects blood vessels and platelets and reduces LDL cholesterol. Further research has shown that olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, benefits the immune system, eyes, skin and nails, and helps our body more effectively absorb vitamins. Now, another healthful benefit to add to the repertoire: olive oil preserves memory and can help prevent Alzheimer's disease! Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have made an important discovery. Published June 21st 2017 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology journal, the study identified two main effects that a diet in olive oil has on the brain. First, they found olive oil protect...



Planting Hardy Mums and Asters

Posted at 9:19am on August 29, 2017 in GARDEN CENTER

Chrysanthemum and Asters are traditional fall staples, and for good reason. They provide lasting color later in the season, when most plants are finished with their lustrous displays. When pruned properly, Dome Asters and hardy mums give the appearance of mini shrubs. This makes them perfect for colorful borders or to add structure to a small area. Their compact habit and beautiful blossoms make them popular; however, there are a few tips and tricks to these fall beautiesHardy mums and Asters are tolerant of our temperatures once established. However, they typically require care in planting in order to thrive season after season. Provide adequate drainage by incorporating compost or garden soil when planting. Both of these plants prefer rich, moist, well drained soil. The major issue most have in our region is clay. If heavy clay is present, mix the back fill material 50/50 with high quality compost. When the soil is sandy or loamy mix 2 parts native soil to 1 part compost/peat moss. L...



Moles are driving me crazy

Posted at 12:57pm on August 03, 2017 in GARDEN CENTER

It is a confession I must make. My lovely brick walk way has been raised a few inches in some spots. The outer edge of my patio is covered in dirt, and I have more ridges in my lawn than the Rockies! I am a vegetarian, and I am on the mission to kill. I find myself missing my old dog Sam (a.k.a the greatest mole hunter that ever lived). There are ways, however, for a frustrated homeowner to find solace. Moles are not all that terrible of pests. They are actually very beneficial to an environment since they eat many unwanted insects such as grubs and earwigs. I wouldn't mind them a bit if they stayed in their deep burrows. The problem is that they tunnel towards the surface to feed on those unwanted insects I was talking about. They typically do not cause much damage to plants, and can help loosen heavy clay soils. With all the great things they do I am still not convinced at keeping mine around. I am sick of tripping over mounds or ridges of dirt, and I want to keep my gras...



Fused vs. Infused Oil

Posted at 12:51pm on August 03, 2017 in TWISTED TRUNK OLIVE OIL

Are you con-fused?A couple walks in to Twisted Trunk on a mission. I greet them, "Hello. Are you two looking for anything in particular today?" The classic response is that they are on the hunt for olive oil. This is when I begin to point out the different oils we carry. This is also the point in time many customers look a bit bewildered. To make it a bit easier, the 25 different kinds of olive oil we carry can be broken down into three basic categories. First, the U.P. extra virgin olive oils are labeled according to olive variety like Hojiblanca and Arbosana. The flavor of this oil comes from the olives alone as it is 100% pure. The next groups of olive oil take on flavors from the addition of other ingredients. Fused and infused olive oils make up the majority of our oil varieties. This is where everyone gets quite confused. So, what is the difference between the two? How are they made? What do I do with them? These are the common questions to follow my explanation. ...



Ultra Premium Olive Oil

Posted at 9:07am on June 27, 2017 in TWISTED TRUNK OLIVE OIL

Raising the BarThere is no doubt that fresh, pure olive oil is healthy and delicious. Quality EVOO has been found to have some of the highest amounts of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants. Research on the effects of high antioxidant foods show they are excellent cancer fighters. Antioxidants bind to free electrons in the body, helping to protect and repair cells. Getting the most nutritional benefit from everything we eat makes for a healthy lifestyle. When we eat well, we feel great. This makes it all the more important to know the authenticity of what we buy. When it comes to olive oil, certification is everything. In the olive oil industry there are few regulations for producers to follow. Independent testing has found some market bought "Extra Virgin" oils to be rancid or fraudulent (cut with palm, canola, or hazelnut oil). According to the National Consumers League, 6 out of 11 oils tested were unsatisfactory (http://www.nclnet.org/evoo_testing). Unfortunately, this makes a c...