The very first Olive Trees were planted in 1994 on Goedgedacht and to date we have 13 181 trees planted of which we are currently harvest from. Each one of these trees has been donated by individuals or companies each accompanied by a dedication plaque that has been placed on walls in what we call our Olive Peace Grove. These gestures not only come with a range of messages for loved ones but are a symbolic gesture of support for our children on the POP Programme.
The fruit from these trees is processed into award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Table Olives both of which are attested Kosher and Halaal.
Over time we have diversified into a wider range of products and now have added very popular oil free fruit infused salad dressings and flavoured syrups to our range. We take innovation and new product development seriously. We are also teaming up with other local producers and working together to broaden our range and support one another moving forward.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The polyphenols (antioxidants) that are found naturally in olive oil play a prominent role in the various health benefits attributed to olive oil. At Goedgedacht we pride ourselves in ensuring that we look after our trees to allow us to produce exceptional quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
With many health benefits you will want to add EVOO to your everyday diet (if you haven’t already). The benefits of a diet rich in olive oil are not only abundant, but undeniable.
What makes our Olives different?
We have planted Olives in our "Olive Peace Grove" since 1991 and in this time we have managed to plant some 13181 trees. The fruit from our trees is then processed and the profits from the sale of this fruit are then driven back into the Goedgedacht Trust’s Programme POP (Path onto Prosperity) supporting Rural Communities in South Africa.
Jan and his team also work extremely hard to water, feed and maintain the groves in an excellent condition. We have world class cultivars which produce high yields of olives packed full of much needed vitamins and minerals. Enjoy these olives in salads, stews, platters and in all honesty scatter them over almost every dish, you will not be disappointed.
Fruit Infused Salad Dressings
For thousands of years, different cultures across the world have used vinegar as a cooking ingredient, a curative, a cleaner and much more. From ancient Rome, to early China and the Middle East, vinegar was valued for its medicinal and cleaning qualities much as it is today.
Needless to say on Goedgedacht we use these hand-made vinegars in cooking and food preparation as they have a variety of wonderful uses. They provide the simplest of dishes with a tangy lift which is often needed. From marinades, meat tenderisers, stir-fries and more! Give our range a try and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Our preservative free range of flavoured syrups, are a healthy way to enjoy some sunset cocktails or a lovely picnic at the park. Mix these with some crushed ice, fruit and some fresh herbs and you’ll have a new favourite drink in no time!
We are also launching a range of flavoured syrups for coffee, as well as a range of ice teas.