Grilling is often associated with festivals and celebrations in the Mediterranean region, and Fire & Flavor is bringing the party to the U.S. with its new Almond Wood and Olive Wood charcoals.
Cooking fresh, simple meals on a grill has a long history in the Mediterranean, from Easter lamb in Greece to everyday comfort foods such as pita bread, pizza, seafood and fresh vegetables. Recipes tend to focus on using healthy, simple ingredients to create aromatic taste, which is what Fire & Flavor is all about.
“We thought, ‘Why not look to these culinary regions for inspiration around healthy grilling?” said Davis Knox, co-founder and CEO of Fire & Flavor.
Almond wood offers a slightly sweet, nutty flavor with a delightful light smoke for beef, chicken pork and game. Olive wood produces a light, complex and deliciously aromatic flavor, perfect for poultry, fish and lamb. As with all Fire & Flavor grilling products, our almond wood and olive wood charcoals are all-natural, and you won’t ever taste any harmful chemicals, additives or fillers.
Many people pair wine with meals to bring out maximum complementary flavors, and cooking with subtle yet complex olive- or almond-wood smoke seizes upon the same concept.
Created during the post-harvest pruning process in olive and almond orchards, these new sustainable charcoals don’t require cutting down any trees. In addition to using this agricultural waste, known as biomass, to create the charcoal, both woods also have superior carbon absorption characteristics which helps reduce global warming.
These new Mediterranean charcoals are the first of their kind in the U.S. and are available in three varieties: Almond Wood Lump Charcoal, Olive Wood Lump Charcoal, and Olive Wood Briquets. They’re sold in 8-pound bags and can be found in Central Market stores in Texas, and they'll soon be available online through Amazon and FireandFlavor.com.
To maximize the natural flavor, we strongly recommend lighting all Fire & Flavor charcoals with our new Biomass Fire Starters or Wood Wool Fire Starters. Taste the smoke, not gas or chemicals.