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Are you confused which olive oil to buy and how to know that it is good olive oil?
Well, you are not alone; this is a confusing territory for many. We will do our best to guide you in this process. Learning about different olive oil grades and their characteristics will help you make sense of what you read on olive oil labels.
The best olive oils are also astonishingly delicious, and they can be a real treat for your taste buds!
No. 1 - choose only EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
First of all, always choose an Extra Virgin Olive Oil, also known as EVOO. EVOO contains no more than 0.8% acidity and has a superior taste.
Extra virgin olive oil is obtained from the olive only, using a solely mechanical method when making it. Basically, it is a pure olive juice, without any additions.
Best extra virgin olive oils are harvested and made in perfect thermal conditions, which do not alter the olive oil in any way.
2. If you can, the best way is to judge olive oil is by tasting it.
Olive oil tasting procedure is pretty much similar to wine tasting. The best way to evaluate olive oil is to pour a little bit of olive oil into a small glass, or a low blue tasting glass if you have it.
How to taste olive oil correctly?
- Cover the olive tasting cup with one hand to trap the aromas inside and with another hold the glass and swirl it to warm it up and release oil's aromas. Do this for a minute or two.
- Uncover the olive oil and quickly inhale from the rim of the cup. Take a good whiff of the fragrances and the intensity and aroma.
- Next, take a sip of olive oil! Slurp as you get air in your mouth to coax more aromas out of the olive oil. Notice any bitterness.
- Breath out of your nose as you swallow oil to get that pungency feeling. Olive oil pungency can be very mild, or it can be intense enough to make you cough. The more coughing, the more the polyphenols and the better the olive oil! This sensation should go away fairly quickly; it should not linger.
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