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  • Recipe: Russian Salad with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Ingredients:

    · 400 gr. potatoes
    · 200 gr. carrots
    · 125 gr. tinned peas
    · 1/2 tin of sweet red pepper
    · 125 gr. tinned tuna
    · 2 eggs
    · Salt.

    For the mayonnaise:

    · 3 egg yolks
    · 200 ml. Extra Virgin Olive oil
    · 1/2 lemon (or 1 spoonful of vinegar)
    · Salt.

    Method:

    · Peel the potatoes and carrots, cut them into small cubes and boil them in water and salt for 15 minutes until they are soft but still firm; drain and leave to cool down. Boil the eggs in water with a pinch of salt for 10 minutes.

    · Put the eggs, lemon juice, salt and a drizzle of olive oil in the blender, and start beating all the while pouring in olive oil until you are left with a thick mayonnaise; taste and season if necessary.

    · Mix the potatoes, carrots and peas together; add the hard-boiled (peeled and chopped) egg, add the flaked tuna fish (save a small amount for garnish) and cover with the mayonnaise; stir well and place in the refrigerator.

    · Serve the salad on aperitif spoons garnished with tuna flakes and a strip of sweet red pepper.

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  • The extra virgin olive oil is a natural product good for health

    Used as a medicine by the ancient Egyptians, it is necessary to reveal the health potential and enhance it. Step by step, maybe while making interesting discoveries. Few people know that the oil there is a huge amount of micro-organisms

    The extra virgin olive oil is good for health.
    There are not a lot of fat that can boast important nutraceutical properties, including anticancer.

    The extra virgin olive oil is a functional food but also a cosmetic. The ancient Roman matrons knew and spent fortunes for viridum, or green oil from unripe olives, very precious and expensive, suitable for skin care.

    It would therefore be a mistake to consider that the knowledge about the health properties of the oil as an acquisition modern. Of course at the time of Galen, who advised for the pain of the abdomen, or of Hippocrates, who suggested against ulcers, there was no talk of oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, oleocantale, squalene, but the characteristics of the oil were still unknown. Some at least. Many have become the only recently and are connected both to the unsaponifiable fraction, the non-fat (2% of the total), as the equilibrium in fatty acids, especially unsaturated.

    There is, however, focusing as much on the individual molecules to risk losing sight of the product as a whole and its properties should be valued, in the field and in the mill, and then offer the consumer a truly extra virgin salutariness and high added value .

    From these premises, started the project Oleosalusistem which saw the farm as leader Cesare Buonamici, which had as indispensable partners the University of Florence, Metropolis Chamber of Commerce of Florence, Toscana enologica Mori and the Association of tasters Anapoo.

    A comprehensive research and complex, involving various personalities professional and technical-scientific, to establish a framework in which technical and technological move to get a health oil which today is part of the product portfolio Buonamici.

    Few people know that in a gram of extra virgin you are from a few hundred to a few thousands of microorganisms, then bacteria, yeasts and molds.

    As you go through the conservation of these microorganisms are reduced because precipitate to the bottom of the bottle. But where did they come from? Perform some function? Have an impact on the aromatic components of an oil?

    These questions were answered one of the research that is part of the project coordinated by Prof. Massimo Vincenzini, University of Florence.

    The lack of bibliography on the subject is assumed, almost with certainty, that the micro-organisms that we find in the oil originates from the fruit, or by the microflora and microfauna present on the olives. In fact, for variety and composition of microorganisms that can be found in the oil are numerous. But, this is the most interesting discovery of Vincenzini, not only from the fruits but also by a process of selective enrichment which is realized during the extraction and in particular the steps of gramulatura and centrifugation. A phenomenon observed especially for yeasts, whose presence in the pulp at the moment of their entrance into the kneading machine is lower than that detected by the brakes and then exit from the decanter. Not just a question of numbers but also of species present, which suggests that the activities of crusher, day after day, with subsequent selective enrichment of some yeasts at the expense of others.

    In the case company Buonamici to be significantly present in the oil product is Candida tenuis, a yeast that has various enzymatic activities: esterase, lipase and beta-glucosidase. That enzymatic activity which could not be indifferent to the production of aromatic compounds in the oil. In fact, statistical studies have demonstrated the existence of correlations between the amount of yeast in the phases of the process in which it realizes the selective enrichment and concentration of well 39 aromatic molecules on the 72 examined.

    In conclusion Prof. Vincenzini hypothesized that each crusher selections own microbiota potentially able to confer aromatic notes typical defects or to the finished product. Therefore the production of quality oils should not matter to know and especially by controlling the microbiota present in the mill.

    by Alberto Grimelli
    Article source Teatro Naturale International

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  • Innovation for best quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    The application of this technology, performed by Alfa Laval, produces significant differences in comparison to the crushed pastes. The virgin olive oil flash thermal conditioning featured a higher concentration of volatile compounds.

    The traditional malaxation process performs paste mixing and thermal conditioning at the same time, but the thermal transfer efficiency is generally low, and for this reason, the thermal conditioning of olive pastes is relatively long compared to the optimal processing temperature.

    This aspect influences the activity involved in oil extraction of the endogenous enzymes, such as pectinases, hemicellulases, and cellulases, as well as the polyphenoloxidase (PPO), peroxidase (POD), and LOX that affect the phenolic and volatile composition of VOO.

    The fast heating technology applied to the thermal conditioning of the olive pastes before malaxation is a new approach to the oil mechanical extraction process, which can revise the traditional thermal conditioning applied to the olive

    pastes during the oil’s mechanical extraction process. The flash heating of paste after crushing can eliminate the malaxation time required for thermal conditioning with significant impact on the plant’s working capacity, oil yield, and VOO quality.
    A scientific work lead by Perugia University investigates the effects of flash thermal conditioning (FTC) on the structure modifications of olive pastes and virgin olive oil volatile and phenolic composition.

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