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how we make our olive oils
Our olives are picked early and by hand and taken to a state-of-the-art mill within hours.
Olio della Donna olive oil is fresh-squeezed fruit juice. It's mechanically extracted from fresh olives at temperatures below the 26C/78F threshold during all phases of production (higher than that and the olives render more oil but it oxidizes before it's even extracted and so it tastes bad, has little to no health benefits and automatically does not qualify as extra virgin).
To keep your olive oil fresh we filter it as soon as it comes out of the mill and we store it in big tanks for as long as possible, in a dark storeroom at temperatures between 13C/55F & 17C/63F.
We do all this to avoid oxidation which eats away at the olive oil's healthy characteristics and flavor.
good and good for you
Olive oil is very high in polyphenols that have antioxidant properties fighting free radicals and helping prevent certain types of cancer and age related illnesses. Olive oil is heart healthy, good for bone health and improves the bioavailability of the nutrients in other foods.
Store your olive oil in a cool, dark spot and once you open it, use it .. the oxygen in an open bottle will cause oxidation to start.
(like all fats olive oil is at risk of oxidation which consumes polyphenols, harms both the flavor and
health benefits of the oil and leads to rancidity)
(olive oil's bitter and spicy flavor characteristics
come from polyphenols that are unique to the olive)
yes, you can fry with it
Extra virgin olive oil has a smoke point at around 415F, home frying temperature is around 350-375F.
Foods fried in olive oil are rich and flavorful and they pick up healthy antioxidants from the olive oil,
even at frying temperatures and even after several
hours of frying.
(from the french fry study performed by the scientists at
the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
Olio della Donna live with Olio2go
Live from Elaine's kitchen in Tuscany .. Elaine, Lorenzo and Luanne our importer at Olio2go: presentation of the Olio della Donna project, Q&A olive oil tasting session and a cooking lesson demonstrating food and olive oil matches, learn what to match with our Tuscan olio Piero and our Sicilian olio laStoria.
watch the video here: