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Grades of Olive Oil

Grades of Olive Oil

  • Extra-virgin is the unrefined oil derived from the first pressing of the olives and has the most delicate flavor
  • Virgin is also derived from the first pressing of the olives but has a higher acidity level than extra virgin olive oil (as well as less phytonutrients and a less delicate taste)
  • Pure oil is a bit of a misnomer.  Don’t be fooled if you see the term “pure” on the label, it means the oil is a blend of refined and virgin olive oils.
  • EVOO’s are best when used within four months of purchase, and most health benefits are lost in product that has reached 12 months of age
  • Olive oil should be stored in a cool, dark place