Indulge in the Golden Elixir: The Marvels of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)!

More than just a condiment, EVOO stands tall as a beacon of health and flavor, a cornerstone of the renowned Mediterranean diet. This noble fat isn’t just good for your taste buds – it’s a powerhouse of natural antioxidants, vitamins E and K, and beneficial fatty acids, offering a protective shield for your body against aging and harmful free radicals.

The olive tree, a symbol of resilience and longevity, thrives for centuries in the harsh conditions of the Mediterranean. From Morocco to France, nestled between the 30° and 45° parallel, these ancient trees produce liquid gold that nourishes both body and soul. While traditionally rooted in the Mediterranean, olive groves now grace similar climates in Australia and America, spreading the magic of EVOO across the globe.

Just like for grapes, olives are a symbol of biodiversity: Italy boasts over 400 indigenous olive varieties, each imparting its unique essence and aromatic profile.

All across the peninsula, from the rugged hills of the interior regions to the sun-drenched terraces of Liguria’s coast, and even as far north as the Alpine foothills of Lake Garda, Italy’s olive groves create a diverse tapestry of flavors and aromas. Just as with wine, the concept of terroir holds true for EVOO, with each region offering its perfect match for culinary delights.

How to choose your EVOO
Opt for Extra Virgin to ensure you’re getting the full spectrum of natural goodness. Steer clear of anything labeled just “Olive Oil” or “Virgin,” as they are made differently and lack the purity and potency of true EVOO. Look for European EVOOs bearing DOP certification labels, a mark of superior quality and authenticity.

Selecting the right EVOO is crucial for enhancing your culinary creations. A discerning Italian chef always keeps a selection of two or three EVOOs in the pantry of different intensities. Remember to consider intensity levels when seeking the perfect pairing to elevate every dish! Here is a simple guide to food pairings:

Delicate EVOO:

-Ideal for drizzling over salads, steamed vegetables, or grilled fish.

-Enhances the flavors of mild cheeses like fresh mozzarella or goat cheese.

-Perfect for dipping bread or as a finishing touch on dishes where a subtle olive flavor is desired.

Medium Intensity EVOO:

-Complements pasta dishes, risottos, and vegetable sautés with its balanced flavor profile.

-Adds depth to marinades for poultry or seafood.

-Pairs well with hearty salads containing grains or legumes.

Robust EVOO:

-Perfect for bold-flavored dishes such as grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and hearty stews.

-Adds a peppery kick to soups and sauces, enhancing their complexity.

-Provides a robust flavor when used in marinades or dressings for dishes that can stand up to its intensity.

Remember, the key to successful pairing is to match the intensity of the EVOO with the flavors of the dish. Experiment with different varieties to discover your favorite combinations!

How to store your EVOO

To preserve the integrity flavour and nutritional power of your EVOO, store it with care. Shield it from its enemies – light, air, and heat – by opting for dark glass bottles and keeping them away from direct sunlight and heat sources like stoves. For optimal freshness, when buying in big quantities (5lt tins) transfer into smaller bottles to minimize exposure to air.