The truth about Olive oil: a guide to purchasing Olive oil
How to Purchase Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
- Look at the best before dates on the bottle – unlike wine, oil does not improve with age so the newer, the better.
- Look for olive oil that is in a dark glass bottle. Light speeds up the deterioration process.
- Take note of the location of the oil. If it is placed on an isle with high levels of natural sunlight or is excessively hot, it might be best to shop for your oil somewhere else.
- Sometimes, the quality of oil is indicated when the location of production and name of producer are indicated. Look for the D.O.P. seal (protected designation of origin) on European oils. The less mixed, the better.
- Always consider your individual need for consumption before you purchase larger quantities of olive oil. If you only use it infrequently, then don’t purchase anything more than a litre.
Additional Resources to Help You Learn about Purchasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil
“Extra Virgin Olive Oil Frequently Asked Questions,” Richard Gawel. http://www.aromadictionary.com/oliveoilfaq.html
“Tom’s Supermarket Picks: quality oils at good prices,” Tom Mueller, Truth in Olive Oil. http://www.truthinoliveoil.com/2012/09/toms-supermarket-picks-quality-oils-good-prices
“How to tell if your olive oil is the real thing,” Jon Henley, Life and style, The Guardian, 1/4/2012. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/jan/04/olive-oil-real-thing