Two years after starting to sell their infused oils and vinegars at area farmer and artisan markets, Laurie and Jason Benjamin are opening a Lowcountry Olive Oil retail store downtown.
Laurie Benjamin stresses that Lowcountry shouldn’t be confused with the 99 percent of gourmet olive oil shops nationwide which are supplied by the same California outfit. Lowcountry buys bulk quantities of picholine oil from growers in Turkey and Morocco, and then adds various herbs and fruits for flavoring.
“It’s a wonderful oil for infusing because of its light, mild flavor,” Benjamin says, adding that the store will also stock “bolder varietal oils from around the world and the U.S.”, locally-made pastas, spices and cheeses. Continue reading