Spotted at the Hollywood farmers market: La Nogalera walnut oil
La Nogalera walnut oil comes from the combined efforts of three walnut growers in Santa Barbara County. Hibbits Ranch, La Nogalera and Rancho La Viña have orchards along the Santa Ynez River between Buellton and Lompoc in the Santa Rita Hills wine appellation, where deep fertile soils and a cool coastal climate make for not only a prominent Pinot Noir but a premium flavored walnut oil, too.
The walnuts -- older heritage varieties such as Concord, Placentia, Payne and Lompoc -- are roasted before being pressed, resulting in a nutty aroma and flavored blend (from $17) that can be drizzled over salads, pasta, even a bowl of ice cream.
La Nogalera walnut oil is available at gourmet markets and wine tasting rooms in the Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc, Orange County and Los Angeles regions. The oil is also sold at the farmers markets in Santa Barbara, Solvang, Ojai, Santa Monica and Hollywood.
8615 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton, (805) 245-9457,lanogalerawalnutoil.com.
-- Caitlin Keller
Photo: Hibbits Ranch walnut grove. Credit: Sblandtrust.org