Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Greece is the third largest country in olive oil production but the #1 exporter with over 75% of the olive oil being extra virgin, far grater than any other country in the word!
Greece provides the world with some of the best extra virgin olive oils. Olive oil is without a doubt one of the most nutritionally beneficial elements of the Mediterranean Diet, the origins of which are traced back to the ancient times in the areas of Crete and Sicily. To this day, extra virgin olive oil is synonymous with the very essence of the Cretan Diet which is also heavy in fish, grains, fruits and vegetables. In today's tricky market you will find a plethora of bottles with extra virgin olive oil labels but there are some facts we think will help you make a wise decision before you purchase. We at Flavorteaze select every item very carefully and often times we taste several similar products before we decide which one will be selected to sell at our online gourmet store. We guarrantee that the extra virgin olive oils on our website are of premium quality and in fact we use them in our household on a daily basis. We do recognise though that often times people shop for olive oils at the local super market and with that in mind we would like to provide our clients with some basic, simple yet very valuable knowledge regarding olive oil.
Olive oil is categorized in grades according to the Intenrational Olive Oil Council (IOOC):
The categories are:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Virgin Olive Oil
- Refined Olive Oil
- Pure Olive Oil
- Refined Olive - Pomace
- Light Olive Oil
You can read a brief descirption of the above categories here, but what is important to remember is that if you pay a premium price the only olive oil you should be paying for is extra virgin olive oil. For more tips and insight on extra virgin olive oils check out our simple guide on our blog, or if you are ready to shop our premium selections of Greek extra virgin olive oils click on the icon below.