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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It's easy to pick a good olive oil!  Taste several and choose one you like - no complicated process, pairing with different foods, etc.  We found that the easiest way to choose olive oil was to pay attention to the oil served in restaurants, when we found one that was particularly good, we went and looked for it in the local market.  Here's a short guide to the different types of oil:


Olive oil is never better (or stronger tasting) than it is when it is first bottled.  For the best tasting oils look for something bottled this year and stored out of direct sunlight.  Similarly you should try to use up your bottle within two years and store it in a dark, cool place.


Other Info

Mediterranean countries (e.g. Italy, Spain, Greece, France) produce most of the world's olives, but good olives are also grown in Australia, Africa and California!

Here's some of the flavors you might taste if you've got a developed palatte: Almond, Artichoke, Astringent, Bananas, Buttery, Fresh, Fruity, Grass, Green, Melon, Pepper, Sweet - after you've tasted several you may get good at picking out these and other flavors.

Prices for Extra Virgin Olive Oil are often lower in Italy, but check some web sites before you go as exchange rates fluctuate and you will want to make sure that you are getting a good value.

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