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Why buy Olive Oil online?
It is a proven fact that in just eight hours of close exposure to strong fluorescent lights, a bottle of olive oil packed in a clear glass bottle will be totally destroyed having lost its color, flavors, and aromas. While oil packed in a dark glass bottle offers considerably better protection, it too becomes vulnerable when exposed to strong light and can be completely destroyed in less than a week, which makes purchasing olive oil in a supermarket a less than desirable prospect. Beyond that, the vast majority of the oils sold in the USA have inadequate or even misleading labels. The consumer is given little to no information as to where the oil was actually produced or from what variety of olives it was made with, but most importantly when the oil was harvested.
How long will Olive Oil last after the harvest date?
Olive oil is a natural product that does lose its flavors and aromas over time. However, when properly stored, unopened in a cool, dark place, olive oil can maintain its freshness for 2 years or more depending on the variety of olive. Oil varieties with a higher polyphenol count will maintain its flavors and aromas for a longer period of time than those with a lower polyphenol count. Olive Oil 4 Life understands the critical factors in storing olive oil to maintain its optimal freshness. All of our oils are stored in a well-maintained, dark, temperature-controlled facility and will have maintained much of their fruity aromas and flavors even from a previous harvest.
When is Olive Oil considered past its prime?
When an oil is properly stored unopened under optimal conditions it will last for quite some time. Heat and light are the two biggest enemies of a good olive oil. When exposed to these factors over a period of time, such as when an oil sits on a supermarket shelf for too long, an oil loses its fruity qualities becoming void of flavor and will taste flat or even rancid, especially if it was a lower quality oil, to begin with.
How can you judge a good Olive Oil?
Good olive oil must be spicy, the more, the better because it contains more polyphenols which are antioxidants and good for your body.
My Olive Oil says that it is extra virgin and cold-pressed but it is not spicy.
Good olive oil must be spicy if it isn’t, it is not pure olive oil
My olive oil is also bitter, has it gone bad?
If your olive oil is bitter, thank the person who gave it to you, bitter and spice is very good.
Can I add salt and pepper to my Olive Oil to make it spicy?
If you have to add salt and pepper, it is not pure olive oil, would you add anything to wine?
Why is good Olive Oil more expensive?
Oil for your car sells for $20/liter would you pay less for a good olive oil. A fake olive oil is $7 per bottle.
What is the difference between green and black olives?
Green olives and black olives do not exist. All olives start green and then become black.
When olives are black, they are no longer good for producing quality oil.
What does cold-pressed mean for an Olive Oil, should I look for this?
There is just a single press when producing a good oil and re-grinding the residue pomace is illegal.
Does color also mean that the Olive Oil is of good quality?
A green color in olive oil is not always a sign of quality, instead, it could be coloring that has been added, Olive Oil Tasters test olive oil in blue or brown glasses as not to be influenced by the color, the most important factor is the taste, bitter and spice
Are there different varieties of Olive Oil?
Similar to wine, there are different types of olive trees. There are 1584 varieties of olive trees, or “cultivar” in the World and in Italy alone, there are 638, almost 40% of all varieties. This is an immense fortune.