There are many similarities between wine and extra virgin olive oil. Since people are more familiar with wine than olive oil, we thought a comparison might shed some light on the properties of extra virgin olive.
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a certification process that oil has passed an extensive chemistry analysis and passed a master taste panel evaluation. All-Ivy &Forte olive oils are certified extra virgin
• Black or Green- Olives change color as they ripen, progressing from green to black. Some are ripe when green. Like some apples, while others are entirely dark-skinned but not ripe. The color depends on the variety.
• Olive Varietals- There are about 1,000 olive varieties around the world.
• Fruit or vegetable? Olives are a stone fruit. The pit is wood and does not affect the flavor of the oil during milling. So, olive oil is real fruit juice.
• Olive trees are in a grove, not a forest or orchard. Evergreen trees from a grove.
Deciduous trees form an orchard.
• Color of olive oil- Green or golden- the color is due to the type of olive and ripeness at harvest. It has little relation to the taste of the oil.
• Time from harvest to mill should be only a few hours far super-premium oil. But if the weather is cold. You can harvest one day and mill the next. In all cases, we would prefer to grind within 24 hours of harvest.
• Why is olive good for you? Olive oil is real fruit juice. It comes from processing
the olive, which is a stone fruit. Olive oil has antioxidants, which protect
the oil and you from oxidation.
• How much oil comes from the olive? The oil olives are only about 15% of the mass by weight, so the rest is a by-product and can be used for compost or animal feed.
• What is the best way to taste olive oil? First, smell the for olive fruit then eat the fat for fruitness, bitterness, and pungency, and It should all be in balance. Think of how you would pair each oil with food.
• Pungency- At the back of the throat are special receptors on the surface of the cells. The receptor is a protein called TRPA1. It is particularly sensitive to extra virgin olive oil and Ibuprofen. The pepper delicate in your throat is called pungency. It may even cause you to cough. Europeans also rate their oils by one, two, or three coughs.
• When are olives ripe enough to mill?-Olive mature generally from mid-October to perhaps as late as the end of January. The variety of tree and the time of harvest affects the taste profile.
• The Hardy Olive Tree- Olive trees are very durable and can survive poor conditions and minimal care. Olive trees are evergreen and store much of their energy in their leaves during winter. Trees will produce a few olives each season even when very young. They will hit their pace at about 5 to 10 years of age and provide for many hundreds of years.
• How many olives does it take to make oil? It takes about 20-25 pounds of olives to make one quart of olive oil, but this depends significantly on the variety of olive.
• Raw olives are naturally very bitter. Do not try to eat one from the tree. You will only do that once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• First pressed? Not anymore! The process of getting oil from olives is called milling, not pressing. The modern process utilizes centrifuges to separate the oil from the other olive material. In the old days, olives were pressed on straw mats. Besides, no one has a stable of donkeys any more to turn the press!!!
• First cold press. This term is also not relevant anymore as we use centrifuges to mill the olives. This statement comes from a time when you pressed multiple times and heated the paste after the press to get out more oil. Today, it’s used as a marketing
• Adulteration is a big problem today but, in truth, has been so for millennia. Making good oil is complicated and expensive. Some people add cheap seed oil to extend the volume of their olive oil so they can make more money
or undercut the real producers. Ask to see the chemical profile of the oil. The best way to protect yourself is to learn what extra virgin oil tastes like.
• Storage- Keep your oil in a cool place out of direct sunlight and heat, use dark bottles. The perfect temperature is about 61 Fahrenheit temperature.