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Olive Oil, Etruscans & Romans

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Umbrian olives have been known as the best olives in Italy since ancient Roman times. Even today, Umbrian olives are notorious for making olive oil with an amazing potent flavor and digestive qualities and nutritional values to boot. The recipes for olive oil have been passed down through generations of Umbrian farmers, starting with the Romans and Etruscans. The region of Umbria is perched on a pyramid of hills 380 to 600 meters above sea level, which is surrounded by miles of olive groves. These olives come from the slopes of Apennine where the shoots are located, facing west.

 

Extra virgin olive oil is obtained by chilling the olives that are found in the foothills of Umbria and these are picked annually and entirely by hand. This process, known as pruning, involves the farmer climbing a ladder and picking the olives from the trees, working from the top down. The picking, transportation, washing and milling processes are all done so that they maintain the characteristics of the century-old olive oil.

 

Olive oil types are distinguished by their acidity level, and they are broken down into four categories. The extra virgin is the highest grade you can find and therefore the most popular, and has an acidity level of less than 1%. Virgin olive oil has a flavor that is more inconspicuous and a higher acidity, usually around 1.5 to 2%. Semi-fine is a blend of the two and has an acidity of 3% per 100 mL of oil. Finally, pure olive oil has a very modest flavor, color, and style and doesn’t overpower your dish.

 

Extra virgin olive oil, which is most prominent in Umbria, has an intense green color, a soft olive scent, and very rich, full flavors. It is best used for dipping uncooked breads in and flavoring soups, vegetables, salads, meat, and fish. To keep the product at its best, you should store it in a closed container in a cool environment away from direct sunlight. In some parts of Italy farmers even press small amounts of olives for the oil with fresh citrus fruit.

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Mangia Bene, Vivi Bene,

Maria

22 Comments

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    May 27, 2009
  2. Olive oil is very tasty and has some nutty taste too.:”;

    June 17, 2010
  3. Wow, I didnt realise they chilled the olives.
    Would love to be on a tour, but 12,000 km is quite a distance to travel.

    August 16, 2010
  4. olive oil is a great additive on foods since it has low saturated fat`:”

    September 12, 2010
  5. the taste of olive oil is very very good, it is one of the best tasting cooking oils out there”-

    October 24, 2010
  6. olive oil is very very tasty if you put it in fried foods and you can taste it raw too ;”:

    December 20, 2010
    • Extra virgin olive oil is best used at lower temperatures and would not be my first choice as an oil if I am frying something. It is best used for sauces, salad dressings, condiments, sauteeing, cooking at lower temperatures, it is a delicate, fragrant, olive oil. A high quality olive oil does add great flavor to a dish!

      December 20, 2010
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    Monounsaturated fatty acids are found in high amounts in nuts and oils, such as olive oil and vegetable oil. They can also be found in meat and dairy products. Although monounsaturated fats are present in a wide variety of foods, olive oil is perhaps the most acclaimed source of these beneficial fats.*

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