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There are three things every extra virgin olive oil needs to have

September 18, 2020

1. Fruitiness

Olives are fruits after all, so excellent olive oil needs to have the aroma of fresh fruit. The oil should smell fresh and fruity, not heavy and 'oily'. You may notice aromas of green olive fruit, fresh-cut grass, herbs, artichokes, cinnamon, tropical fruits, to name a few.

2. Bitterness

Hopefully, your olive oil tastes bitter! Bitter is good, actually bitter is a great, positive thing! So any fresh, high-quality olive oil must be bitter, which you will perceive on the tongue.

Depending on your taste, you can find an olive oil will suit your palate most—a right balance of bitter and fruit that you can tolerate.

3. Pungency

Finally, good olive oil should be pungent. Pungency is that cough-inducing sting on the throat that's caused by the healthy phenolic compounds in fresh, high-quality olive oil. Many people think this is bad; pungency also signifies the presence of certain antioxidants.

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