The process of making olive oil includes first crushing the olive and then pressing to produce the oil. The “Extra” in EVOO represents the absolute highest grade for olive oil. Olive oils can be characterized based on their acidity. “Extra” virgin olive oil has less than 0.8% free fatty acids (FFA) as compared to “Virgin” olive oil which can contain as much as 2%. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the most refined in flavor and contains the highest amount of antioxidants.
Yes, all of our olive oils are extra virgin olive oils and first cold pressed.
100% of our olive oil comes from Jodar, Jaen, Spain.
Olive oil should be stored in a cool place, preferably in our opaque aluminum container to shield the olive oil from UV rays and light. It does not need to be stored in the refrigerator.
Most high quality EVOOs, if stored properly, will maintain their integrity for at least one year. Freshness provides key taste attributes and after 12 months, you will begin to lose that fresh taste. Additionally, the vitamin E content will begin to naturally decrease after the first year.
High in monounsaturated fat – the “good” fat – olive oil may prolong life by combating coronary heart disease and different types of cancer. Up to 80% of olive oil is made of monounsaturated fatty acids which resists oxidation and helps keep HDL (good cholesterol) levels up and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels down. Additionally, the presence of phenols and other natural antioxidants in olive oil prevents the formation of certain free radicals that may cause cell destruction within the human body. Olive oil contains no salt and is cholesterol-free.
This healthy dietary fat offers many amazing uses other than cooking.
Moisturize skin. Apply a small amount of oil to nail beds to soften cuticles. A good time to do so? When you're cooking with olive oil. Also, put a thin layer all over your skin after a waxing or a shower. It will act as an intense moisturizer to soothe extra-dry skin.
Rejuvenate your face. Make an olive oil face mask.
Give your hair some overall TLC. Nourish, condition and detangle your hair with a DIY olive oil hair mask.
Soothe stretch marks. When you have stretch marks, you'll likely try anything to help get rid of them. Apply a generous amount of oil to affected areas every morning.
Use it as a shaving cream substitute. If you're out of shaving cream, lather legs with some olive oil. This natural lubricant will offer a close shave, preventing razor bumps and burn. Plus, it will moisturize your skin.
Repair cracked heels. Give rough heels some attention. Exfoliate with a pumice stone, then apply olive oil to feet. Lock in the moisturizing treatment by wearing cotton socks while you sleep.
Remove paint from hair. You aren't stuck with the color of your son's bedroom in your hair forever! Dab some oil onto a cotton ball. Rub it gently into your mane to get rid of the paint.
Revive rain boots. Rub vinyl or rubber boots with olive oil and you'll eliminate any white marks. Just don't get oil on the soles, or you may slip the next time you wear the boots.
Unstick a zipper. Apply a drop of olive oil to a cotton swab. Rub it on the teeth, avoiding the fabric. The zipper should go up and down easily.
Avoid wax build-up on a candle holder. Before you put the candle into the holder, rub a thin coat of oil onto the holder's base. Dripped wax should easily peel off.
Shine stainless steel. Rub some olive oil on stainless steel pots, pans, flatware and sinks as an effective and safe way to make them shine. Unlike a harsh product like ammonia, this gentle one won't corrode or dull your stainless-steel items.
Dust wooden furniture. Apply some oil to a cloth for eco-friendly dusting. Wipe. Now take in your clean and shiny furniture.
Quiet a squeaky door. To lubricate and silence sticky door hinges, dab some oil onto a cloth. Wipe the top of the hinges so the oil goes down the sides. You can also rub the cloth on a creaky doorknob.
Unstick a ring. Rub some olive oil on a ring that's stuck. The oil will make it more slippery and it should slide off.
—Stacey Feintuch, HealthyWomen.org
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is perfect for sauces, sautés, marinades, and vinaigrettes, in addition to being a fine finishing oil or simply as a dipping sauce for bread.
Taste is the most obvious difference between EVOO and store-bought vegetable oils. Vegetable oil adds fat without adding taste. EVOO adds a specific fresh flavor and, with the many fused and infused flavors available, your recipes can become masterpieces. Vegetable oils are usually extracted using petroleum-based chemical solvents and then must be highly refined to remove impurities. Refining also removes taste, color and nutrients. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not processed or refined. It is fresh pressed from the fruit of the olive tree, leaving the color, flavor, vitamins and nutrients intact.
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When it comes to natural remedies for your pets, there are a variety of “people foods” that can provide some valuable benefits. Just one is olive oil – a wonderful source of monounsaturated fatty acids (which are considered a healthy fat) It is good for:
If your pet has dry, flaky skin you don’t necessarily need to shell out a small fortune to pay for fancy shampoos and conditioners. The solution may be as simple as adding some olive oil to your pet's diet.
Immune System Health
In addition to moisturizing your pet’s skin and coat, olive oil can also be beneficial for their immune system. Olive oil is rich in polyphenols and carotenoids which help to improve immune system health. With a strong immune system your pet will be better able to fight off infection if it is exposed to harmful pathogens. Having a healthy immune system is also important in helping your pet to transition from one season to the next.
Adding olive oil to your cat’s food can ease digestion and help Fluffy pass the hair naturally. If you see your cat struggling with hairballs, consider adding a bit of olive oil to his or her food. Never force oil into the mouth, though, as you could send it into the lungs. Allow your cat to lick it up.
A teaspoon of olive oil every week or so should do the trick.