What is shown in the pictures is the style of the product you will receive and not an exact representation, as every item is hand-crafted and unique.
Like all wood products, olive wood items should not be washed in the dishwasher as long exposure to water and heat washes away the natural oils and causes quick drying which may result in cracking. Washing with warm water and washing up liquid by hand is recommended.
Dry naturally and store away from heat sources or permanently sunlit places such as window sills.
Treat with oil every now and then – we use olive oil, but any edible, food-safe or specialist oil will do. Take a cotton cloth, apply a bit of oil and rub in. How often treatment is required depends on frequency of use and/or washing. Generally, an olive wood piece beginning to look dull is a sign that it needs some oiling.
Chopping boards can also be sanded every 2 years or so and then oiled. This dutiful care ensures a product that will last for decades.
Certain foods, such as beetroot, contain pigments that may permanently change the colour of olive wood. Chopping garlic can also leave a piece with an unfading garlicky scent. If a board is used for raw meat, it is advisable to not use that piece for chopping food to be consumed raw, such as vegetables.