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Olive Oils

What, in your opinion, is the best tasting olive oil out there?

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  1. In my opinion, it is the one _you_ and _you_ alone like best.

    I use basic one for cooking, and I cycle between different olive oil from different countries for "better" olive oil (for salads and finishing touch); they are all different, and that is what makes it fun.


    1. Like many, not all, things in life the more expensive an OO is the better quality it is. That's not to say you'll like the taste of every expensive OO. Buy a copy of 'Extra Virginity'. Probably the best book on OO so far. Visit Extra Virginity on line.
      To illustrate my point compare the Bentley Mulsanne with the Chevy Aveo. LOL

      1. I'd also like to hear from CHers choices for olive oil from the well-stocked grocery stores (not speciality stores). Would be interesting to hear (read?) the reaasons, too!

        1. Zaytoun - an organic, Fair Trade, oil from Palestine. Fairly easily available (except when the Israeli blockade prevents exports)

          I also particularly like "Fet a Soller" but it is probably impossible to find it off the island of Mallorca.

          1. We only buy Greek, imported olive oil, which comes in big tins. There is one "chain" grocery by us that stocks one type, but I usually go to one of 2 greek markets nearby to purchase instead as there is more selection in types and brands. We usually have 2 tins at home; EVOO for marinades, dressings and finishing and regular OO for frying/cooking.

            To me, the greek olive oil is just so far superior tasting than any grocery store olive oil I've ever bought, I would never go back. And much cheaper when you buy by the tin instead of those small glass bottles. We keep them in small pourer-topped carafes next to the stove and refill from the big tin as necessary. Have never had one go bad and the oil is very fragrant and delicious.

            1. As Max has said, it's what you end up liking. But you do need to taste widely (not such a bad thing), making sure to taste fresh, real extra virgin olive oil. Yes, despite Mueller's book, it's there--often protected by a seal of origin. Look for producer/estate bottlers, a sell by date, a harvest date (young as possible--no more than 2 years). That said, styles differ, and price is never a guarantee of anything. I doubt you'll need to fly in Mallorcan oil, either. I love southern Italian oils, form Sicily anything from Frantoi Cutrera in Ragusa, the blends of Manfredi Barbera (excellent value) and the Olearia San Giorgio from Calabria--all warm, rich, fruity, with balanced bites. They should run no more than $25/liter. Greek oils, esp from the areas of Messinia and Sitia (Crete) are superb, fat and soft and rich, and excellent values. They can also be excellent large can buys for everyday use. Beware of extra pricey boutiquey Tuscans or Californians as well as cheap supermarket brands with no dates or producer or guarantee of origin ("imported from Italy" means only that--shipped from there, not grown there) but seek out lovely Spanish oils from arbequina olives (Unio is a good value brand).

              1. Thanks to all for your helpful responses.

                1. I wonder which nations export olive oil for sale? Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Lebanon, probably the US...where else?

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                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                        The second chart is better.
                        and this list is pretty good...
                        I would suspect that the olive oil in some of those countries, (like Canada and Switzerland) were companies that blended (imported) oils, bottled them, then exported that product.

                        1. re: wyogal

                          I suspect you're right. A bit difficult to grow an olive grove atop an alp or in the taiga.

                  1. I have a weakness for Alziari. A big weakness.

                    1. Personally, I love Queen Creek Olive Mill products, from AZ. Also, a local guy has a family farm on Crete where he goes every year to help with the harvest. It's brought over here, available locally, but very expensive. and very good.