If you have ever used a fine quality olive oil in a salad dressing or drizzled it over a warm winter stew, then you know how a good olive oil has the ability to brighten up any dish.
What makes an olive oil taste good? First and foremost: how it is processed.
• If you buy virgin or extra-virgin olive oil at the store, you are purchasing oil that has not undergone any chemical treatment.
• When oil is refined, this means that chemicals have been used to remove taste and to neutralize acid content.
• Any oil that reads “pure olive oil” is typically a blend of virgin and refined olive oil.
Refined olive oil is considered to be of lesser quality than extra-virgin olive oil. Not only have the natural flavors of the olive been removed, but chemicals are used in its processing.
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