5 Important facts about real extra virgin olive oil
Find out what to look out for when buying extra virgin olive oil, how to use and store it.
1. Real extra virgin olive oil must be stored in
dark bottles. Light damages the oil and transparent packaging is made
primarily for marketing purposes without thinking about what it does to the
2. Real extra virgin olive oil always smells
pleasant. It can be the smell of cut grass, apples, Mediterranean herbs,
artichoke, but it is always pleasant. If the smell is unpleasant, know that
something is wrong with the oil.
3. You can cook with olive oil. It is a myth
that olive oil burns at low temperatures. Maybe you won't fry on it, primarily
because of the price, but extra virgin olive oil is always a better option for
cooking than refined blended, sunflower or palm oil.
4. Flavoured olive oils are generally of lower
quality and contain artificial flavors. If you really want to buy olive oil
flavored with lemon or other things, read the ingredients first. A better
option are fused or infused olive oils where fruits or plants are processed
together with the olives or where aromatic oils are added to the olive oil after
5. With olive oil, the rule
that quality is proportional to price almost always applies. You can find
anything on the market, but if you want to buy the best product to feed
yourself and your family, then look for oils from small producers that specify
the variety, processing method and harvest year. As a rule, such oils can be
found in specialized stores or in the manufacturer's web shops.