What exactly is #Extra #Virgin Olive Oil?
Olive oil is a fresh fruit juice - the fruit being the olive - which is 'squeezed' or extracted from the olive in several ways. Depending on the quality of the fruit and how the oil is extracted, there are several 'grades' of olive oil (see here).
The best oil comes from the first pressing of the olives and is known as 'extra virgin olive oil' (EVOO). #EVOO is healthier, tastes better and lasts longer than lesser oils, and the better the oil, the lower the acidity will be. In europe, to qualify as EVOO, the acidity must be less than 1%. Read more about quality and acidity here
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Style and Range
The olive oil world and marketplace is about 20 years behind wine, but there are many similarities. Like wine, olive oils vary in quality, taste, aroma and health value. But how do you choose?
Buying extra virgin olive oil - quality, taste, health, provenance
Buying EVOO is no simple matter (see Links). Unfortunately bottle labels often don't tell you much about the oil itself - and a multitude of sins are obscured! The first thing to realise is that not all EVOOs are equal - some are not even extra virgin!
For example, poor quality olive oil may be blended with better oils from elsewhere and it is often impossible to discover where the oil has come from (alarm bells sound of the recent scandal with 'beef' burgers containing horse meat).