EVOO is an acronym that stands for Extra Virgin Olive Oil and has become a noun in its own right after being coined by celebrity chef Rachael Ray on her cooking show. It has become such a part of culinary vocabulary that it has been included in the Oxford American College Dictionary since 2007.
How to tell if you have the real deal with your EVOO. Look for a harvest date on the bottle and the words ‘first, cold pressed.
First pressed means that the olive has only been pressed once.
Cold pressed means that no heat has been used, which will lower the nutritional value of the oil.