Extra virgin olive oil
100% olive juice. These oils are obtained when the olives have reached optimum ripeness, and solely through mechanical means. Extra Virgin Olive Oils are the highest quality oils, and are free from defects, so they have excellent flavor and aroma characteristics, providing a feast for the senses. Extra virgin olive oils, besides being a source of monounsaturated fatty acids, provide natural antioxidants such as olive oil polyphenols and vitamin E, which have demonstrated their ability to reduce cholesterol, a risk factor of heart disease.
The oils in this category can be made from a single-variety (obtained from a single variety of olives so the sensory attributes of each variety can be more clearly appreciated) or a blend (containing a variety of olives in different proportions).