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The reality is that many people do not know how to choose good olive oil.
There are some things to know when selecting and buying olive oil. Follow these 10 hints that will help you to choose good olive oil.
- The first visual hint is the way the producer packed the olive oil. Olive oil should be packed in dark glass bottles or other containers that don't allow UV light to reach the product as it will affect the oil. Avoid anything in a clear glass bottle, no matter how pretty and impressive the label and bottle is.
- Choose EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) labels harvested by mechanical means only.
- If olive oil is in the olive oil guide book by the world's most influential and extensive guide of olive oils Flos Olei, you can be sure that it is an exceptional oil.
- Another simple indicator is if the oils are listed or won any awards at the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil contest - The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition. The NYIOOC is the authoritative guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.
- Exceptional olive oils can be found in specialized gourmet shops such as - MARQT.NO.
- Unlike wine, olive oil does not get better with ageing. You should buy olive oils from the latest harvest, the fresher the olive oil, the better.
- A clear indication of the harvest year on the bottle or website or expiration date should be on the label. If oil does not have a "best by date" on it, don't buy it.
- Exceptional olive oils usually come in small bottles of 100 ml to 750 ml.
- Buy from small and artisan producers that are trustworthy - is one of the best indicators of both quality and authenticity. Those producers produce small batches of olive oil, as that is the only (best) way to control the oil quality. We at MARQT.NO carefully selected and partnered with such small local Mediterranean producers to bring you high-quality products produced with love, care and integrity.
- Do not assume that buying a bigger well-known brand name guarantees the best quality. More often than not, they compromise quality for quantity. Ultimately, what matters most is if you like your olive oil, trust your senses. If you have an opportunity to taste it out before buying it, do it!
Recommended article to read further:
- D. Putier, How Packaging Influences Olive Oil Quality, 2014
- A. Piscopo & M. Poiana, Packaging and Storage of Olive Oil, 2012