It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices when you want to buy a bottle of olive oil at your grocery store. We asked Vitina Feo for a few expert tips and why it’s better to shop at a speciality olive oil store.
“My family have been producing their own Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Sicily since 1935, so I feel like I’m enough of a connoisseur to be able to answer those questions. This is my advice for you:
This is a quote from oliveoilsource.com about the acidity of EVOO:
“The FFA is a direct measure of the quality of the oil and reflects the care taken right from blossoming and fruit set to the eventual sale and consumption of the oil. Freshly pressed oil without the use of excessive heat, from healthy, freshly picked olives, normally has a pretty low ‘acidity’, well under 0.5% FFA.” *
Obviously the healthier the olive, the healthier the oil will be to your body.
5. Don’t forget to consider the price. If you’re looking for a high quality oil, then it comes at a cost. At our olive groves in Sicily from every 10lb of olives we harvest, the yield in oil is approximately 1.8lb. We guarantee that every drop in the bottle is pure, unadulterated juice that is pressed out of the olives and that’s why the premium is higher.
I hope this helps you to make up your mind and make an informed choice. In my opinion it’s always worth going to an olive oil store whether online or a physical location, where you can ask questions, get advice and find what you’re looking for. Happy Shopping … and don’t forget to watch my video!”
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.