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Oleaceae is Santa Fe's One-Stop-Shop for Fine Oils, Vinegars, and Sea Salts

By Kelly Church

Oleaceae is Santa Fe, NM's stop for fine olive oils, vinegars and sea salts from all over the world. Owner Samantha Bailey Smith opened up the storefront in 2010 to provide the freshest products to the area. Smith's staff is educated on the benefits of each product, allowing any customer to walk through the doors and get the perfect recommendation for their culinary needs.

"Everyone on our staff uses and enjoys our products, enabling us to give suggestions on the many uses of each oil or vinegar," Smith says. "Our staff has fun every day and looks forward to meeting people from all over the world and keeping up to date with our local customers' lives."

Smith and her staff try to educate their customers on the health benefits of olive oil and how to choose the right one. Among the many benefits, Smith says, olive oil can help control cholesterol levels, moisturize the skin, stimulate cell repair and those who have diets with healthy amounts of olive oil show fewer cases of cancer, diabetes and cardio-vascular illness.

Oleaceae recommends that if you're cooking with olive oil, take into consideration what type of cooking you're doing before selecting an olive oil. Lighter olive oils are used more frequently in baking and stronger ones are typically saved for salads and dipping for breads.

"I should explain that extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is different from virgin olive oil or olive oil," Smith says. "EVOO is extracted from olives using only pressure known as cold pressing. Only the first pressing is EVOO."

As for vinegar, Oleaceae sells balsamic and fruit vinegars. Smith says vinegar has wonderful health benefits as well. Balsamic vinegar is rich in several minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese. It helps improve digestion and can help insulin sensitivity in diabetics. Additionally, it helps suppress appetites, helping control hunger and prevent people from over eating.

Oleaceae also sells a variety of sea salts, including Himalayan sea salt blocks, cayenne hot sauce sea salt, chili lime sea salt, black truffle sea salt and green chile sea salt, among many others. For those who can't decide which sea salt to try, Oleaceae offers sea salt samplers, with a selection of six types of sea salts packaged together.

Oleaceae also sells a selection of other products, outside of the olive oil, vinegar and sea salt categories. There is a selection of sugars, mustards, jams, sauces, spices and kitchen accessories. They change their additional products frequently, to always give customers something new to look forward to.

"Customer service is our priority," Smith says. "We are not there to sell people. We want every person who visits our shop to enjoy exploring the products we offer."

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