Really good olive oil smells like grass or fruit as it’s a fruit tree

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Aroma is key

“Really good olive oil smells like grass or fruit as it’s a fruit tree,” adds Brickman-Pineau.

If you’re at a grocery store and are pensive about being tackled by security for popping the seal on several bottles of oil, there are other indicators.

“A dark bottle is really important as light breaks down and oxidizes the oil faster,” she says. “So glass or tin but never plastic.”

She also recommends buying olive oils that have “crush dates” in addition to the expiry date.

“Olive oil has a life span of about 18 months from the crush date,” says Brickman-Pineau. “There’s laws regarding best before dates being two years from bottling but there’s no laws against how old it was before it was bottled.”

And finally, if you want good quality extra virgin olive oil, look for something in the $13 to $40 range for a 500ML bottle.

“If it’s $3.99 a litre, I don’t care who says it’s extra virgin – it can’t be,” says Cushing. “Once you’ve seen how this product is made, you’ll see how gut wrenching the labour of love is and how specific things need to be to make a great olive oil.”

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