Olive Oil Frequently Asked Questions

What is olive oil?oilofthemonth

If you crush a bunch of olives, you’ll get olive oil and some water. Gravity takes care of that — the oil will soon float to the top. That’s how simple olive oil really is. Of course there’s a bigger story behind it, which is what we cover every day around the world. –

How do I know if I m buying the good olive oil?

Pour a little into a small shot glass or on a spoon and slurp it down. Close your eyes and really taste it. If you taste an extra virgin olive oil, it should taste “green” and like olives. You might detect other notes like banana or grass. Other grades will not taste like much because they have been treated to remove unpleasant tastes. But you should not detect any bad tastes, such as cardboard or metallic. You might sometimes taste nice flavors in lower grades due to the small amount of extra virgin that is added.

What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

The term “Extra Virgin” describes oils that come from the first pressing of the fruit without the use of heat.  The term has been used to describe the highest quality oils with the best flavor, odor, and lower acidity.  Unfortunately, there are not any established standards for extra virgin olive oil in the United States.  Because of this, there is a huge discrepancy in the quality of extra virgin olive oils.

To learn more see our post about what extra virgin means.

How long can I keep the olive oil?

As long as it’s stored away from heat and light, an unopened bottle of good quality olive oil will be fine for up to two years from the date it was bottled. Once the bottle is opened, it should be used within a few months

How do I know if the olive oil fresh?

First, make sure you can find the “bottled on” date or the “best before” date. The fresher,  the better. If you can’t find dates (or if they are approaching, or past) choose another olive oil. A good olive oil can be used within two years of its “bottled on” date, but within one year is better. Similarly, try to find an olive oil that has a “best before” date which is at least one year in the future. Sometimes you’ll see “harvest” dates such as “2010/2011.” Try to use olive oil within the year it was harvested. So if it says 2010/2011, it should be used within 2011 — not into 2012.

What color is good for olive oil?

The color of olive oil is not an indication of quality, and you shouldn’t choose one because it’s greener or more gold. Olive oil should be chosen for taste – not for its color.

Why is olive oil so healthy?

Olive oil is known as one of the best sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, a type of fat that has been shown to improve blood cholesterol levels. The antioxidants in olive oil have also been shown to help fight a multitude of diseases.

If you have any other questions about olive oil, contact us at support@oliveoilandbeyond.com.  We carry a selective line of premium extra virgin olive oil and premium aged balsamic vinegar products.


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