F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the characteristics of an extra virgin olive oil?

Extra virgin olive oil has an absolutely perfect flavour, its acidity, expressed as oleic acid, may not exceed 1g per 100g and the Panel Test points (sensorial analysis) must not be lower than 6.5.

What does cold extracted mean?

An extra virgin olive oil obtained at less than 27 degrees Celsius with a process of percolation or centrifugation of the olive paste.

What makes an oil organic?

Organic oil is produced from certified organic olives. Organic oil is extracted from the very first olives to be harvested in order to guarantee the maximum of antioxidants. The olive trees are cultivated together with legumes in order to guarantee natural nutrition to the plants and to maximise biodiversity. Biodiversity creates the habitat for the natural predators necessary for the organic control of the harmful insects.

What are DOP oils?

D.O.P. or P.D.O. in English stands for Protected Designation of Origin, the European Union

term used to describe foods which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised local know how.

All products which have been quality certified by the European Union will bear the E.U.

D.O.P. Logo and is hence a guarantee not only of a very specific geographic provenance of

the olives but also a sign of extraordinarily high quality.

Which bodies have been set up to recognise DOP oils?

Recognition of a DOP oil (Protected Origin Denomination) is the exclusive competence of the European Community. Certifying body 3A PTA “Parco tecnologico Agro Alimentare dell’Umbria”.

Is extra virgin olive oil good for your health?

Based on epidemiological research, olive oil, is the best for your health. Extra virgin olive oil protects the heart and arteries, slows down cerebral ageing, may help prevent arteriosclerosis and lowers the level of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increases “good” cholesterol (HDL). In addition, according to medical research, it may help prevent the formation of tumours and cell deterioration.

Is extra virgin olive oil good for the health of babies and infants?

Extra virgin olive oil, due to its acidic composition, is similar to maternal milk, has always been advised for the weaning of babies.

Olive oil good in the diet of old people?

Extra virgin olive oil is useful in old age because it favours the assimilation of calcium and its minerals, reducing the risks of osteoporosis.

On what does the quality of an extra virgin olive oil depend?

The quality of extra virgin olive oil depends on many factors. The most important are: the variety of tree, the agronomic technique, the environment, the time of harvest, the extraction method, and storage.

For how long does extra virgin olive oil keep?

An extra virgin olive oil should be consumed preferably within 18 months. After this period, the oil may lose its main organic characteristics (colour, flavour, aroma, etc.).

Can extra virgin olive oil be used for frying?

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the best frying oils. In fact it resists extremely high temperatures without burning and therefore without degenerating, leaving limited quantities of free radicals compared to other products.

Which is the best extra virgin olive oil to use for salads?

The choice of extra virgin olive oil depends on the type of salad or vegetable. Lettuce, for example, should be dressed with a delicate oil. Chicory, rocket or wild salad leaves should be dressed with a stronger, fruitier oil.

Chemically what is extra virgin olive oil?

Extra virgin olive oil is a vegetable fat, made up of mainly unsaturated fatty acids. The fatty acid in olive oil is oleic acid (monounsaturated).

 


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