Daily Archives: November 7, 2013

  • The difference between different Olive Oils for Salads and Cooking

    You’ve probably wondered more than once if your typical bottle of extra-virgin olive oil was worth the price tag — the same price tag that’s on a gargantuan vat of regular olive oil. Is it really that much better? To determine which is the best buy for you, you should first understand the different types of olive oil.

    There’s extra-virgin olive oil (or EVOO), virgin olive oil, pure olive oil (or olive oil) and light olive oil.

    Extra-virgin olive oil

    We’re going to go all Rachael Ray on you and stick to “EVOO” to save a little time and space in this post (sorry!). EVOO is the highest-quality olive oil and is extracted from olives through a process called cold pressing, which means the oil is removed using only pressure and was not heated over a certain temperature. This is the best way to keep all of the good-for-you antioxidants and monounsaturated fats in the oil. Cold pressing also preserves the most olive flavor and keeps the acidity under 1%. EVOO has a low smoke point, which means it doesn’t take a high temperature for it to start smoking. Use EVOO for salad dressings and cold dishes.

    Virgin olive oil

    Though virgin olive oil (without the “extra”) is produced through the same process and is not blended with other oils, it’s made from slightly riper olives. It has a lighter flavor and is around 2% acidity. Use virgin olive oil for cold dishes or low-temperature cooking.

    Pure olive oil

    Also labeled simply “olive oil,” pure olive oil is a mix of virgin olive oil and refined pomace oil, which is produced by processing the leftovers of the virgin olive oil extraction, according to The Nest. The blend could contain as little as 5% EVOO. Because of the heat used in the extraction process, this type of olive oil contains fewer antioxidants but still offers the same amount of monounsaturated fats as the rest of the oils. Pure olive oil is great for cooking and frying because of its lower smoke point compared with EVOO and virgin olive oil.

    Light olive oil

    Despite its name, light olive oil has just as many calories and just as much fat as the other types. The word “light” refers to the fact that it’s lighter in flavor — you won’t get as much of that olive taste. This makes it great for baking since you’re usually not looking for an olive flavor in your baked goods. However, it can also be used for sautéing, grilling and frying. It has a high smoke point, which means it takes a high temperature for it to start smoking.

    Which is the healthiest?

    This is a tricky question. First of all, you should know that they all contain the same amount of calories and fat. However, the higher-quality oils, like EVOO and virgin olive oil, contain more of the good-for-you healthy phenols (i.e., antioxidants). According to FitSugar, EVOO also has higher levels of vitamin E, vitamin A, chlorophyll and magnesium. That said, heat destroys a good amount of those beneficial components. In fact, a report published in the journal Food Research International this year stated that cooking with olive oil degrades its antioxidant power so much that you might as well be using other refined oils, like vegetable oil, which is cheaper.

    Furthermore, your EVOO might not be as EVOO as you think. In the past couple of years, study after study has found that even the major EVOO brands don’t meet the EVOO standards established by European regulators. Just last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission published a report stating that “current international standards for extra virgin olive oil allow a wide range of oil qualities to be marketed as extra virgin. In addition, the standards are widely unenforced.”

    So what should you do?

    We recommend opting for the EVOO for cold dishes and salad dressings. As far as cooking oils, the evidence suggests pricier options like EVOO don’t necessarily ensure any health benefits for you. So if you’re indifferent about the strength of the olive taste, you’re probably not doing yourself a disservice by buying the cheaper olive oil or vegetable oil.

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    You’ve probably wondered more than once if your typical bottle of extra-virgin olive oil was worth the price tag — the same price tag that’s on a gargantuan vat of regular olive oil. Is it really that much better? To determine which is the best buy for you, you should... 
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  • Billionaire Bets on Olive Oil Quality Trend

    For billionaire Frank Giustra, investing in the olive oil industry is not a hobby. He has faith that the industry will adhere to quality standards and that consumers will learn to better discern quality and be willing to pay for it.

    Giustra said that until a few years ago, he knew nothing about olive oil. Like everyone else, he would just grab a bottle from grocery shelves. That was the case until he and his family visited a friend’s villa in Orvieto, Italy and tasted olive oil pressed from her trees. Giustra realized that her oil was vastly better than any he had ever tasted. reed more at oliveoiltimes

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  • Greek Gourmet olive oil of premium quality "Five" now aviable in 5000ml packaging

    Produced by the method of first cold extraction at low temperatures (T<27oC), under constantly controlled hygienic conditions. It is a single-varietal olive oil (100% Koroneiki variety) with fruity and intricate (rather spicy) flavor and distinct aroma. During the process of packing, it has a maximum acidity of 0.3%."Five Olive Oil | 5000ml is a unique olive oil package design. I think the modern and sophisticated design really communicates organic, high-end and gourmet. Is really imressive the typography usage on the front and the number "5" cut out to make a half "O."Product Design of FIVE 5000ml Ultra Premium & Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil created by Dimitris Panagiotidis the package designer from Greece.thedieline

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  • Emergency E.U. funds are said to have been promised to help limit the spread of a plant disease killing olive trees in Italy

    According to Italian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Paolo De Castro (S&D) and Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE), about 8,000 hectares of olive groves in the Salento area of Puglia are already affected and about 600,000 olive trees will need to be destroyed.

    “Serious threat to European olive growers”
    Silvestris said it was the first appearance in Europe of the plant pathogen, which experts considered “a serious threat to European olive growers, given the pace at which the disease is spreading.”

    Large-scale pruning of olive trees to remove parts dried out by the disease is underway in the area between Gallipoli and Ugento in the Salento region, under the coordination of the Puglia regional authorities and producer organizations, he said.

    Among other measures he called for money for an emergency program of scientific research and plant health measures, and a European crop pathogen genome database to centralize information on bacteria and parasites. read more at oliveoiltimes

    Bacterial leaf scorch caused by Xylella fastidiosaBacterial Brown Spots on Olive Trees
    Bacterial leaf scorch caused by Xylella fastidiosa, is a systemic disease.
    Very few bacterial diseases affect olive trees, the most common of which are bacterial gall or “olive knot” and bacterial leaf scorch. If your olive trees have a bacterial disease that causes brown spots, the culprit is most likely bacterial leaf scorch, also called Oleander leaf scorch, which is caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. Bacterial leaf scorch infects the xylem or water-conducting plant tissues, via insects called sharpshooters.

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    According to Italian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Paolo De Castro (S&D) and Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE), about 8,000 hectares of olive groves in the Salento area of Puglia are already affected and about 600,000 olive trees will need to be destroyed. “Serious... 
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