Sure, most of us know by now that Olive Oil is a “healthy fat”, but there are so many varieties and grades of olive oil that you may not be much better off than using butter.
In a FoxNews article written by Christopher Snyder, he visited and interviewed Italian olive oil producer Matteo Boggio Robutti and his wife Francesca, co-owners of Azienda Agricola Pornanino, an olive oil farm in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
Robutti says that only small family-run operations, like his, still make the product the "old-fashion way" by picking the olives by hand and grinding them in a traditional stone mill.
According to Robutti, factors in determining whether olive oil is high quality are:
· Color of the oil. If the oil is light yellow or transparent, it is a sign of that the quality is very low or the oil is chemically refined. Olive oil is initially green when it is first pressed; however, it should eventually turn dark yellow. Robutti claims some companies use green dye in their final product to trick buyers into thinking theirs is more pure.
· Type of bottle. If olive oil is not packaged in a dark bottle, it can easily be exposed to 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. Key terms to look for on the label are “extra virgin olive oil", "first cold press", and "not filtered.” These are descriptions that indicate higher quality.
Maggio’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from farms like the Robuttis’ to ensure the highest quality.
Maggio single varietal extra virgin olive oils are all award winning, USDA certified organic, GMO free, and certified by the California Olive Oil Council to ensure the highest quality and freshest flavor. Our flavored oils all start from the same high quality extra virgin olives and have only the freshest herbs, fruits, and seasonings crushed with the olives for natural flavoring with an incredible taste.
You can visit our website to order many different varieties of the finest extra virgin olive oils and vinegars. If you have any questions on our products, please call us at 202.618.0734. 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!