Quality olive oil is worth it, but that doesn't mean you should just throw your money away:
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- I never knew or thought to look for a harvest date on bottles of olive oil. Thank you Life Hacker!!!Dec 10, 2012
- An olive oil, here in Italy, can be called "extravirgin" only if its acidity is less than 1%. A good oil (like that we produce here in Sicily ;) ) is around 0,5-0,3%, sometime even less.Dec 10, 2012
- Here in Spain olive oil is one of our finest products. From 4 to 8 € you can buy a very decent extra virgin oil.
Beyond that price, every thing else is hype, in my opinion.Dec 10, 2012
- cannot say about scientific methods, I think you've to evaluate from aroma and flavour. Here many people buy oil directly from oil mills. I would say it's easy to recognize bad oil, but obviously you need to taste good oil, before :)
Like wine, and other natural products, only experience can drive you...Dec 10, 2012
- nice try cheap oil producers. Good oil however can easily last 1-2 years while keeping its quality. So harvest date "few weeks old" has nothing to do with it. Bogus!Dec 10, 2012
- I would say they cannot be called experts :)
you're right, oil older than 1 year is not good anymore, even 1 year old oil is less priced (because less good).I think I misunderstood your sentence... even the best oil is not very good after an year. BTW it's not bad, but not as good as first year.
it's a little unfair to blame Italy. This happens everywhere there exist a large business. I could write terrible things about oil all around Europe (or Nord Africa). I agree to buy on your local market, it's easier to check for quality and price.
As with everything, experience helps. If you lack experience, then ask someone you trust.Dec 10, 2012