The first day of spring comes around each March, ushering in a spectacular new season filled with fragrant flowers, fresh herbs, and other delectable delights. On this day, also known as the spring equinox, “the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere receive roughly equal amounts of sunlight,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. This means the length of day and night is nearly the same in every part of the world!

Speaking of the world, do you know that The Tubby Olive offers premium extra virgin olive oils from around the globe? We begin to learn of the Southern Hemisphere olives that will be harvested and freshly pressed for our products in March. These typically arrive in the shop by late May early June. While Spain’s olive crop was severely impacted due to extreme weather conditions in 2023, this year, our extra virgin olive oils come from California, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Chile, Greece and Peru, all known for their quality olives. Each pair beautifully with our selection of dark and light balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. And if you are looking for a delicious way to welcome spring, check out these gourmet favorites that celebrate the season.

Lavender Balsamic

Best pruned in the springtime, per The Spruce, lavender is a blooming perennial that is beloved for its lovely scent and touch of purple. Long used in culinary applications, fresh and dried lavender can be added “to both sweet and savory dishes for both flavor and its gorgeous color,” according to Food Network (for inspiration and recipes, click here). Ideal for spring, Lavender Balsamic from The Tubby Olive captures the essence of this ancient flower for you to enjoy in the kitchen. Floral, sweet, and slightly herbaceous, this vinegar pairs well with another springtime favorite, our Herbs de Provence Olive Oil.

Herbs de Provence Olive Oil

Herbs de Provence is an all-purpose seasoning that originated in the Provence region of France. It was made popular in America by Julia Child and her famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, according to Masterclass. Commonly used in French cuisine, this flavorful blend of aromatic herbs and spices also pairs well with Mediterranean dishes and is made even more versatile when infused in our Herbs de Provence Olive Oil. With top notes of savory thyme and bay leaf, this flavored olive oil is a show stopper when drizzled over grilled chicken or whisked with Peach White Balsamic for a springtime salad.

Peach White Balsamic

Peach season begins in the spring and lasts through the late summer months in the United States. Extremely adaptable, our Peach White Balsamic can be used with any of our extra virgin olive oils and flavored oils to make a light, tart vinaigrette or marinade for pork and poultry. You could also drizzle it atop grilled nectarines and vanilla gelato, or mix it in a refreshing Peach Bellini to enjoy on the porch on a balmy spring evening. This crisp white vinegar has a touch of sweetness, reminiscent of handcrafted vinegars from northern Italy.

Other spectacular springtime suggestions include our Elderflower White Balsamic, Wild Fernleaf Dill Olive Oil, Cascadian Wild Raspberry White Balsamic, Serrano Honey Vinegar, and Honey Ginger White Balsamic. Are you ready to welcome spring with gourmet flavors from The Tubby Olive? Stop by our charming store in historic Newtown, Pennsylvania, or visit our website to shop our products online!

The Tubby Olive is nestled in the borough of historic Newtown, in Bucks County, just north of Center City Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley and an easy commute from New York City. This charming food and gourmet shop offers an extensive selection of traditional Extra Virgin, infused and organic olive oils, and balsamic vinegars “on tap” for you to taste. Stop by today, or shop our online store to send a beautiful and delicious gourmet gift!