There are two ways that Olive Oil obtains its grades. One way is a chemical test which evaluates the acidity level. The other way is taste evaluation. In this method a panel of professional and trained tasters conduct the taste. This is more common in the European Community while in USA, the (Californian) Oil has not yet been graded this way.
1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
There are strict rules and criteria to qualify for oil labelled as extra virgin. In an excellent work titled “Olive Oil from Tree to Table” Peggy Knickerbocker explains that in the Mediterranean to qualify for the label, it must conform to four criteria namely: Continue Reading >