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July 04, 2021

Gourmet Olive Oil: What is it and how to use it?

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What is Gourmet Olive Oil?

Gourmet Olive Oil has a number of characteristics that set it apart from the competition, and today we’d like to focus on its definition, its use and the benefits the gourmet olive oil brings.

We should keep in mind that the quality standards applied in Europe to extra virgin olive oils are very demanding. All oils marketed guarantee aromas and flavors capable of satisfying any kind of taste. However, there are producers who want to take a step further, with cultivation and production systems in which they pamper all the processes to achieve an exceptional extra virgin olive oil, which many call “gourmet”.

So, what is gourmet olive oil, and how is it different from other kinds? 

The first step to obtain a high quality oil is to pamper the olive tree to achieve a very healthy fruit, capable of transferring the best of the fruit to the oil. In recent times, early harvest oils, which are harvested green, have become the norm. This means that in order to obtain the same amount of oil we need to squeeze more kilos of olives, as many as 10 kg, when the average is four or five. In addition, special attention is paid to the extraction process, working at low temperatures to preserve the natural aromas and flavors. At the same time, the process must be carried out as quickly as possible to avoid deterioration of the fruit. 

In terms of the origins, Spanish olive oil is considered one of the best in the world.

What is the olive oil usage?

Olive oil has a huge amount of usage variety: for beauty purposes, in cooking, and even for cleaning.

Olive is a type of tree. The oil from the fruit and seeds, as well as water extracts from the fruit and the leaves, are used to make medicine.

The benefits of this wonder oil are being lauded by the health and culinary communities. Do you want to make a light and healthy meal or simply add some flavor to your salad? Olive oil with its distinct pungent flavor can add charm to so many of your boring dishes.

The most common usage of olive oil is in cooking. Extra-virgin olive oil is a good choice for salad dressings, vegetables, pasta, bean dishes, and grilled fish because of its low acid level. In soups and sauces, a drizzle or two provides amazing richness and body. Furthermore, extra virgin olive oil is also ideal for preparing desserts by substituting other fats for this healthier ones.

Whatever way you use, keep in mind that olive oil has a lot of taste, especially when compared to more neutral oils. There are more than 200 varieties of olives in Spain, which means that there are extra virgin olive oils for all tastes. If you prefer an olive oil with a more powerful flavor, you can opt for varieties such as picual. On the other hand, if you prefer an extra virgin olive oil with softer nuances, you can choose the arbequina one or the empeltre variety. 

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