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Look For the Cultivar When Shopping for Olive Oil

Shep McAllister , Gizmodo Media

Look For the Cultivar When Shopping for Olive Oil

The next time you go shopping for a bottle of olive oil, you should make sure the label meets three specific criteria before you put it in your cart.

Olive oil expert (which sounds like an amazing job) Nicholas Coleman, in an interview with Serious Eats, laid out what he looks for in a bottle of olive oil:

Three things: the harvest date, where it comes from (this means the specific region, not just the country), and the cultivars, or what olives the oil is composed of. If these essential elements are missing, it doesn't speak well to the quality of the oil or the producer.

We've already talked about checking the date and discerning actual Italian olive oil from oil that was simply bottled there, but looking for the actual type of olive is a great third step when you make your decision. It doesn't typically matter what the bottle lists as the cultivar, you just want to make sure it identifies one at all. Many low-grade olive oils are mixtures of various cheap oils, so they don't tend to include the cultivar.

If you're into olive oil, the entire interview is worth a read, so check it out through the source link.

Tips on Finding the Best Olive Oil With Eataly Expert Nicholas Coleman | Serious Eats

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