Is Your Olive Oil Authentic?

Posted by Jonathan Stitzinger on

Most of us are aware that Olive Oil is loaded with health benefits.  According to the Mayo Clinic, using 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day in place of other fats in your diet provides heart-healthy benefits.  You can sauté vegetables in it, add it to a marinade or mix it with vinegar as a salad dressing.  You can also use olive oil as a substitute for butter when basting meat or as a dip for bread.

But are all olive oils the same?  Not according to Matteo Boggio Robutti, who, along with his wife, owns Azienda Agricola Pornanino, an olive oil farm in the Chianti region of Tuscany.   In a Fox News report, Christopher Snyder reports on his recent visit to their olive oil farm.  Robutti told Snyder that only small family-run operations, like his, still make the product the "old-fashion way" by picking the olives and grinding them in traditional methods.

According to Robutti, factors in determining whether olive oil is high quality are:

  • Color.  Light yellow and transparent olive oil indicates very poor quality or a chemically refined one.  While olive oil is initially green when it’s pressed, over time it should turn dark yellow. He claims some companies use green dye in their final product to trick buyers into thinking theirs is more pure.
  • Type of bottle.  Olive oil must be packaged in a dark bottle in order to preserve it from sunlight, which causes oxidation and decreases quality.  “Clear bottles are usually used to attract the clients with the color of the olive oil”, claims Robutti.
  • Label.  Firstly, don’t always believe the labels.  Key terms to look for on the label are “extra virgin olive oil" and "first press."  

Maggio Olive Oil Company owners Jon and Laura carefully hand select its olive oil from small farms in California.  We ensure that the families who make the extra virgin olive oils we sell are of the highest quality and meet the strict standards of the California Olive Oil Council. 

If you have any questions on our products, please call us at 202.618.0734.  You can check out our products and order online from our website.  Or, if you’re in the area, please stop by our store at Arundel Mills Mall, 7000 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover, MD 21076.  We’d love to see or hear from you!