- What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The USDA standards for olive oil, adopted in 1948, do not have a classification for Extra Virgin olive oil. However, the strict International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) has determined that Extra Virgin oil is obtained only from olives via solely mechanical or other physical means in conditions, particularly thermal conditions, which do not alter the oil in any way. The oil does not undergo any treatment other than washing, decanting, centrifuging and filtering. It excludes oils obtained with solvents or re-esterification methods and those mixed with oils from other sources. Extra Virgin olive oil must have a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 0.8 grams per 100 grams (0.8%).

Both ollo Fresh & Fruity and Mild & Mellow average less than 0.3% oleic acid. Extra Virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries

- Does "Light" Olive Oil Have Fewer Calories

No. Olive oil, whether it is Extra Virgin, Virgin, Pure or Light all have about the same amount of calories per tablespoon----120. In fact, almost all cooking oils have the same 120 calories per tablespoon. The designation "Light" means the oil has been refined using acids, heat or other methods leaving it light in colour and tasteless.

- What is Cold Pressing

Cold pressing is the method of extracting the olive oil from the olives. Since olive oil is essentially olive juice, like orange or grapefruit juice, cold-pressing the olives soon after they are picked results in a higher quality oil. ollo olives are cold pressed within hours of picking because our production facility is in the center of our grove.

- How Long Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Keep

There are three factors which adversely affect EVOO----heat, sunlight and air. If the oil gets too much of any of its enemies, it will turn rancid (rancid oil has a musty smell and tastes like sour walnuts) so keep it away from the cooking surface, out of sunlight and use it liberally. Olive oil can be stored in the refrigerator. It may get cloudy, but will return to normal when it gets back to room temperature. Use it liberally----Extra Virgin olive oil will maintain grove fresh flavour no longer than three months after opening.

- Why is Olive Oil So Healthy

Diets rich in olive oil have been determined to have multiple health benefits. One reason is that olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is the most desirable type of fat in the diet because it helps to decrease the LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood and helps to increase the HDL (good) cholesterol. Olive oil has no cholesterol.

- Olive oil has also been linked to the following health benefits*:

  • Lowering the risk of heart disease
  • Lowering of blood pressure
  • Decrease in blood sugar levels
  • Increase in the absorption of several vitamins including A, D, E, and K
  • Helps to prevent gallstones
  • Promotes cellular growth, helps metabolism and speeds healing

*ollo makes no implicit claim that its product is a health product. Health benefits have been researched from various sources, including the Mayo Clinic, US Food & Drug Administration, Harvard School of Public Health and Deakin University.

- Does Heating Olive Oil Diminish its Health Benefits

Excessively heating olive oil will evaporate the alcohols and esters which make up its delicate taste and fragrance. However, heating olive oil does not change its health aspects.