In a recent interview by Flavor your Life, (a campaign supported by the European Union) I was asked: What do you look for when buying EVOO? I answered that there are three important factors to look for when purchasing olive oil are: harvest date, packaging and traceability:
1. Choose oil in a dark bottle, metal container or packaging that shields the bottle from light.
2. Check the harvest date and buy this year’s harvest.
3. View labels with caution – see where the olives are from and either know the producer/mill or look for seals of authenticity like COOC (California certification) or DOP (Italy certification).
Remember the enemies of olive oil are: light, heat, time, air and – I always add one more – “untruthful labeling.”
See Flavor your Life article