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Olive oil


What is Olive Oil?

Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive (the fruit of Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by grinding whole olives and extracting the oil by mechanical or chemical means. It is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is used throughout the world, but especially in the Mediterranean countries.


Basis of Mediteranean Diet

It is a precious gift Greek land has to offer to the world! The Greek olive oil is the basis of the Mediterranean Diet as it is considered to be the healthiest product of the Mother Nature. Greece produces more than 430,000 tons of olive oil annually, and more than 75% of that is Extra virgin olive oil, which is the best type of olive oil. The Greek olive oil is exported throughout the world.


How to know that Olive Oil is good

There are a number of factors which can help determine the quality of olive oil. The lower the acidity the better the olive oil. This is because a lower level of acidity means there are less of the unwanted free fatty acids. Peroxide tests are also carried out on olive oil to measure the level of deteriation after pressing and therefore the shelf life of the oil.

The colour of an olive oil will differ depending on the variety of the olive pressed, the geographic surroundings where the olives are grown and various other factors.








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