With Italy the largest importer/exporter and Spain the largest producer, the Mediterranean basin is considered to be the hub of olive oil production and related business. With the growing awareness, advance research and increased concerns for health hazards, the demand of for this healthy oil is rising. Apart from the traditionally popular Mediterranean basin, the cultivation of the olive tree is spreading to other countries like the United States, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries. In the United States, the indigenous quality is getting better and people are putting more and more trust on the locally produced oil. In fact, the state of California is becoming the Mediterranean of the United States. Continue Reading >
These days it is a lot easier to get things from any of the nearest supermarket. No doubt, supermarkets are great places to get your shopping under one roof. Big supermarkets also offer online shopping and free delivery. It is often easier just to use your digital basket rather than your physical push cart. Theses big stores are very convenient in many ways, but they do not sell great stuff all the times.
They are generalists and stock anything which comes their way or which they see that customer demand exists for. They do not specialize in one particular area. They are jack of all trades but master of none kinda people. When it comes to olive oil, I will don’t recommend picking it from the shelves of any of these “all under one roof” shops. There are a couple of reasons which I have mentioned here. Continue Reading >
What is cold pressing?
The trade of olive oil has evolved over centuries and there so many terms, phrases and expressions. Some of these terms are now obsolete while some are still used by manufacturers and traders. Some of these terms are now official and must used in accordance to the official rules and regulations. Examples of such official names are extra virgin, olive pomace, refined olive oil etc. There are others which are not recognized by any official body like IOOC or USDA and are just used by traders on their labels to show the quality. Cold pressed, first press, single estate etc are some such terms which are unregulated and do not have any official backing. Continue Reading >