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What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is made simply by crushing olives and extracting the juice. It is the only cooking oil that is made without the use of chemicals and industrial refining.

Extra virgin olive oil must have no taste “defects.” It needs to have a nice flavor of fresh olives and achieve higher scores in lab tests for its chemical composition than other grades.

Since extra virgin olive oil is simply fruit juice without any additives, its quality and taste are influenced by the varieties of olives, the terroir where they were grown, and the countless decisions and production practices of a dedicated producer.


Organic oilExtra virgin is the highest quality and most expensive olive oil classification. It should have no defects and a flavor of fresh olives.

In chemical terms extra virgin olive oil is described as having a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 0.8 grams per 100 grams and a peroxide value of less than 20 milliequivalent O2. It must be produced entirely by mechanical means without the use of any solvents, and under temperatures that will not degrade the oil (less than 86°F, 30°C).

In order for an oil to qualify as “extra virgin” the oil must also pass both an official chemical test in a laboratory and a sensory evaluation by a trained tasting panel recognized by the International Olive Council. The olive oil must be found to be free from defects while exhibiting some fruitiness.










Olive oil tasters describe the «positive attributes» using the following terms:

  • Fruity: Having pleasant spicy fruit flavors characteristic of fresh ripe or green olives. Ripe fruit yields oils that are milder, aromatic, buttery, and floral. Green fruit yields oils that are grassy, herbaceous, bitter, and pungent. Fruitiness also varies with the variety of olive.
  • Bitter: Creating a mostly pleasant acrid flavor sensation on the tongue.
  • Pungent: Creating a peppery sensation in the mouth and throat

Read more about tasting olive oil


Το μάζεμα της ελιάς. Ένα εκπληκτικό φιλμ για μια ελληνική παράδοση αιώνων

Ένα υπέροχο οπτικό ταξίδι στους ελαιώνες της Κρήτης γεμάτο μνήμες, συγκίνηση, και την ψυχή της  Ελλάδας. «The Olive Tree Will Always Be Here», δηλαδή «η ελιά θα είναι πάντα εδώ» ο τίτλος του ολιγόλεπτου φιλμ.  Μια ταινία μικρού μήκους για την σημασία της ελιάς για τους Έλληνες με αισθητική τελειότητα, δύναμη και ευαισθησία. Μαγικές κινηματογραφικές εικόνες από μια φθινοπωρινή Κρήτη και από πρόσωπα βγαλμένα από μια άλλη εποχή.

The Olive Tree Will Always Be Here from Yatzer on Vimeo.

Van Gogh, Olive Trees

Art of the Day: Van Gogh, Olive Trees, November 1889. Oil on canvas, 72.7 x 92.1 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Art of the Day: Van Gogh, Olive Trees, November 1889. Oil on canvas, 72.7 x 92.1 cm.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Μπαίνουμε στον μήνα μας!!!!!!!

Οι «νυφούλες» μας είναι έτοιμες!!!!!

Ο   Αθανάσιος Μπόβης ευλογημένος μαζί με Στασινός Μπόβης

στην τοποθεσία Βαλύρα Μεσσηνίας.

Φωτογραφία του χρήστη Αθανάσιος Μπόβης.
Φωτογραφία του χρήστη Αθανάσιος Μπόβης.

Organic olive oil

from Tom Bovis

We carry my cousins Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil direct from Kalamata Greece at Rosalina!

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Organic olive oil worth $166 million was imported by the United States last year, the first in which it was tracked by the USDA.
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