The Olive Mill
Story and photos by Ann Craig-Cinnamon
If you adhere to a Mediterranean diet or simply love olive oil, your mecca sits in the Arts and Design District in Carmel. The Olive Mill, now celebrating five years in its Carmel location, offers just about everything you could ask for in olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world.
Olive oil is essential to a Mediterranean diet, which has long been heralded as one of the world’s healthiest diets. People living around the Mediterranean have been cultivating olives for oil since about 6000 B.C. In ancient times olive oil was also used as a source of medicine for its healing powers.
Today, olive oil is recognized by scientists for its antioxidants, Omega 3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, iron, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K and phenols which it is believed reduces bad cholesterol, protects against heart disease, prevents cancer and eases arthritis among many other things.
The bottom line is that there are a lot of nutrients sitting in the 1000 square foot shop at the corner of Range Line Road and Main Street. Stephen Hannah, who has managed the Olive Mill in Carmel since it opened in 2013, says founders Debbie and Ed O’Connell opened their first shop more than 12 years ago in Geneva, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, bringing the concept of olive oil tasting to the Midwest.