I love trying out new foods and beverages. In fact I am open to trying most things as long as it’s not illegal, immoral and won’t kill me. LOL!
I love food. I love to eat. I think my rather rotund shape proves that. I’m more so into meals rather than junk foods. I would much rather enjoy some pasta or seafood compared to chips and cookies.
I also enjoy learning about different brands and products. I often wander up and down the aisles at the grocery store looking at the different products on the high and low shelves. Occasionally I’ll grab a product from a brand I am not familiar with just to try it out. Sometimes I come across some great finds that way.
I was recently introduced to the brand Iberia. Have you heard of this brand before? Have you tried any of their products?
Iberia is an authentic source for Latino foods in the United States. They offer consumers dry beans, corn products, cookies & crackers, seasonings and other condiments, great canned seafood from Spain, canned meats, grains, and more.
Iberia Foods began its business by selling olives in the 1930s. As supply demands increased, it was acquired by supply giant CPC International, in 1990 who attained a 40% share of Iberia Foods. Once CPC transitioned into Best Foods in 1994, Iberia was fully acquired. In 2002, Best Foods was acquired by Unilever, and in 2003, Iberia Foods was acquired by the Brooklyn Bottling Group – a manufacturer and distributor of international food and beverage brands.
Iberia offers a wide range of food products and categories —from olives and extra virgin olive oils to rice, beans and canned goods – bringing the Hispanic household a taste of home and the American consumer true authenticity with its versatile selection of products. Available in over 10,000 supermarkets, stores, wholesalers and distributors on the East Coast, Iberia is an authentic source of Latino foods in the United States.
I was sent to review a couple of products for Iberia. I received a jar of Olives and a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Sadly the Olives didn’t make the trip. I guess the box got bounced around a little too much and the jar was compromised. It’s OK. I’m not a fan of Olives to begin with. And my family only eats black olives.
I did enjoy using the 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil I received.
Here is some information about the oil from the manufacturer.
Made from hand selected and harvested olives processed in Spain.
Extracted using a “first cold press” process.
Provides a rich aroma and flavor of quality, Spanish Olives. Ideal addition to salads, pasta, fish, meat dishes and marinades.
Heart Healthy. It is suggested that eating two tablespoons (23 grams) of Olive Oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in the Olive Oil.
The oil is available at Walmart and other select retailers.
One of my favorite things to do is dip bread into Olive Oil that is mixed with fresh herbs, similar to this.
I had planned on making this to go along with dinner one night but instead I opted to make my own garlic bread using the Iberia 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, herbs, garlic and some left over Italian bread. Basically what you see in the dish in the above picture I brushed onto day old Italian bread and heated it in the oven to make garlic bread for dinner.
The Olive oil from Iberia is very hearty and flavorful. It tasted more authentic then the other Olive oils we buy from the grocery store. I always buy 100% Extra Virgin or regular Olive Oil. They seem weaker, almost “watered down” compared to the Iberia oil. The Iberia has a much richer taste. This is the kind of oil I would use to dip bread in, drizzle on salads or use in a marinade. I think it’s ideal for that.
I haven’t cooked with the oil yet. I think I am going to reserve this oil for the above reasons (salad dressing, marinade, dip with bread) and use my other oil for cooking.
The next time I go shopping I’m going to explore the ethnic food aisle and see what other goodies from Iberia I can try next.
For more information please visit www.IberiaFoods.com.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.