Olive oil is a genuine product, a fundamental part of the Mediterranean diet and a unique ambassador of European culture and gastronomy throughout the world. However, although we enjoy its flavor daily, many times we do not know them in depth. In this section you will learn all the secrets behind the liquid gold.
Better if you enjoy it quickly
Olive oil does not keep for long after it is opened. As time goes on, the flavor and smells of the olive oil diminish. This is a result of the olive oil undergoing inevitable oxidation. To slow down this process, we recommend keeping unopened olive oil bottles in a dark place for no more than a year and some, depending on its freshness. Once you open it, use it in a month or two at the most to ensure you are tasting it at its best!
Like fresh fruit juice
Extra-virgin and virgin olive oil are created by the “juice” that comes from crushing high quality olives, producing the highest quality olive oils. Only fresh olives, free from defects are used in their production. This gives extra-virgin and virgin olive oil remarkable flavors and aromas, which can differ depending on the variety of olive that is used.
Pay attention to the label
Before buying a bottle of olive oil, check the information on its label. You will find in it information as important as the harvest date, denominations of origin, quality seals and even award stickers.
A range of colors
Color is one of the most obvious characteristics of Olive Oil. However, tonality has nothing to do with the taste or quality of the olive oil. The tonalities of the olive oil often correlate to the variety of the olive – ranging from pale yellow to an intense green. There are many factors that can influence the color of olive oil.
A flavor full of subtleties
Every time you open a bottle of olive oil you have the opportunity to discover a unique flavor. Because every olive oil tastes different. It depends on the variety of olive, its place of growth or the degree of ripeness of the fruit. Wonderful, right?
Bitterness & acidity
Bitterness is a positive attribute, which can be found in various degrees in the best virgin oils. The same applies for a peppery taste, which can sometimes be found as well. However, acidity is a chemical parameter that helps define which commercial category each oil belongs to. Extra virgin olive oil has a maximum of 0.8%, virgin olive oil has a maximum of 2% and olive oil has a maximum of 1%.
Keep it away from light
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a delicate product that can lose its genuine and unique qualities if it is not stored properly. When storing olive oil, it is advised that it is kept away from the light, hot air and strong odors. The precise reason olive oil is packaged in dark bottles is to preserve its unique characteristics.
A matter of personal taste
There is an olive oil for each person. If you prefer a delicate fruity flavor, we recommend you olive oils elaborated with ARBEQUINA, CORNICABRA, EMPELTRE or ARBOSANA varieties. These olive oils are perfect to pair with fish, mayonnaise, chicken, vegetables or even desserts.
Otherwise, if you enjoy more with an intense flavor, we suggest you olive oils made with PICUAL or HOJIBLANCA varieties. These are ideal to enjoy with oily fish, vegetables like broccoli, salds, and meats, among others.
A great ally in the kitchen
Olive oil is the best type for frying. At high temperatures (up to 180 degrees) olive oils create a thin and consistent layer on the food which prevents oil absorption, it makes food juicy and suculen, while keeping all its properties. When cooking, olive oil does not penetrate the food. This allows for cooking a lighter, more nutritious, and digestible meal.
The perfect choice for all your recipes
Olive oil is the only oil you need when cooking, because its the healthiest and most versatile option for your kitchen. You can choose from a wide range of aromas and flavors, according to the dish you are making and your personal taste. Our Mediterranean liquid gold is suitable for any cooking technique; for cold and hot, or sweet and salty, you can even use it in cocktails. Try it with all your recipes and you will never want to go back!