Olive Oil

Harvest 2019/20

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Direct from the mill 

What is olive oil?

Olive oil is oil that has been extracted from olives, the fruits of the olive tree. The production process is incredibly simple. Olives can be pressed to extract their oil, but modern methods involve crushing the olives, mixing them together, and then separating the oil from the pulp in a centrifuge.

Extra virgin olive oil is considered to be the healthiest type of olive oil. It’s extracted using natural methods and standardized for purity and certain sensory qualities like taste and smell. Olive oil that is truly extra virgin has a distinct taste and is high in phenolic antioxidants, which is the main reason why it’s so beneficial.

Olive oil is also loaded with powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants are biologically active and may reduce your risk of chronic diseases. They also fight inflammation and help protect your blood cholesterol from oxidation, two benefits that may lower your risk of heart disease.

Which is the best olive oil?

Extra-virgin olive oil is made from pure, cold-pressed olives, whereas regular olive oil is a blend, including both cold-pressed and processed oils. Any cold-pressed oil that doesn’t meet extra-virgin standards is then refined to get rid of undesirable impurities, giving the oil a more neutral flavor and lighter color.

Olive oil price

High quality olive oil is cold extracted, this means that producers get 1kg of olive oil per 9-11kgs of olive fruit, with increased polyphenol concentration, with certified health benefits. This is the reason of high prices of quality olive oils.

Olive oil is expensive because it can be a luxury food. Artisanal oils demand a higher price because they are usually made in small batches, with olives from a single source and have greater depth of flavor. Much like wine grapes, higher quality olives produce higher quality oils and demand a premium price.

Olive oil calories

Olive oil is packed with monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). These fatty acids along with keeping your heart healthy and blood sugar levels stable also help assist weight loss. It promotes the feeling of satiety, which prevents you from bingeing on other refined or trans-fat sources laden with empty calories.

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