Patric Bies and Jörg Hector produce a range of high-quality oils in their Bliesgau oil mill on the historical estate of Hartungshof (Saarland), but above all a regional speciality: gold-of-pleasure oil.
Gold-of-pleasure oil was almost unknown until a few years ago, now it is a gourmet oil in a class of its own. Word has got around in upmarket gastronomy of the qualities of gold-of-pleasure oil. But the Celts and Romans had long ago considered gold-of-pleasure (Latin name: Camelina sativa) to be an important foodstuff. In the Middle Ages, French gourmets used to praise it as “sésame d’Allemagne” (German sesame). The two oil millers realised that it is a delicious and – due to its high omega-3 fatty acid content – a very healthy oil: because of its tender nuances, reminiscent of peas and asparagus, a well-known oil sommelier recently described it effusively as “the olive oil of the north”. But the gold-of-pleasure pioneers Patric Bies and Jörg Hector don’t want to compare it to olive oil. For every region in the world has its own “oil ambassador”. And for Saarland – which is where they live – this is without a doubt gold-of-pleasure oil.