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Jan 7, 2009 11:12 AM

Olive Oil ?????

I recently heard on a NPR radio program that the majority of imported Extra Vrgin Olive oil is diluted anyway where.on Long Island can I get the real deal or what brand can be trusted.???????Awhile back I had purchased a Lebanese EVO in a clear gallon (or 3 litre) clear bottle.It was good .Thanks

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  1. i use olive oil with everything!! even as my lotion now! its so great for your skin as well

    1. Your posting made me start to wonder. So I did a rather down and dirty search on
      " Extra Vrgin Olive oil is diluted".
      While I found pages of information, most of them where linked/based off of one story which was written by one company. Which was selling their own product. Same with a few other sites as well.
      Did find some interesting information on olive oil in general.
      Do a search and check it out yourself.

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      1. re: Jon1856

        Wikipedia tells the whole story under "olive oil." I also read a major article from the New Yorker and many international stories on olive oil fraud.

      2. fairway has excelent olive oil, believe its about $18-20 for a 1.5 liter approx...but its excellent and does not taste diluted at all

        1. As far as dilution goes, Cooks Illustrated tested supermarket level oils, and while they found quality overall (i.e., taste/hedonics) was not great, dilution was not an issue:

          "Having read reports of the fraudulent adulteration of mass-market olive oils with cheaper oils such as soybean or hazelnut, we sent our samples to an independent laboratory for analysis. All were confirmed to be made only from olives."

          1. According to Cook's Illustrated, they did not find dilution in supermarket level EVOO:


            Taste and hedonics was anther question, however.

            (Under the Fair use doctrine
            "How much of someone else's work can I use without getting permission?
            Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. " ) I believe I can post this excerpt as commentary:

            "...we sent our samples to an independent laboratory for analysis. All were confirmed to be made only from olives"