Extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO, is the cornerstone of every Italian kitchen. One of the most important trade items in history, it is used for practically everything: cooking oil, finishing and drizzling, sauces, bread and more. Olive oil flavors vary depending on the type of olives used to make it; extra virgin olive oil can be grassy, nutty, bitter, peppery, etc. Some are even infused with different flavors, such as truffle or chili pepper. The color varies from deep green to a bright, golden yellow.
What types of olive oil are there?
The type of olive oil you should buy depends on the use. For example, the best olive oil for cooking has a high smoke point, so the flavor is not altered by the heat. Light, fruity oils are ideal for drizzling over salads and fish.
Is olive oil healthy?
The Mediterranean diet is the healthiest diet in the world, partly because of the omnipresence of extra virgin olive oil. “Extra virgin” means that the olives used to make the oil were cold-pressed for their juice. The product that comes from cold-pressing is considered more pure, as the temperature in the extraction process does not dilute or alter the original nutrients of the fruit. Cold-pressed olive oil is rich in polyphenols, which make it very heart-healthy.
Where can I buy the best extra virgin olive oil?
Supermarket Italy is able to provide customers with a massive collection of the best olive oil brands from all parts of the Mediterranean. We carry renowned Italian EVOO brands such as Frantoia, Partanna, and Frantoi Cutrera. Also try Spanish olive oil from Nunez de Prado, Greek olive oil from Iliada, and much more.