Best from Italy’s mission is to provide the best quality products from Italy, only the original Made in Italy and import them to the USA, a country where a lot of products may say “Made in Italy” but it’s not really true. According to journalist Tom Mueller, speaking on the popular CBS News program “60 Minutes,” an astonishing 80% of the extra virgin olive oil sold in the United States does not meet the standards for extra virgin.
It started with Frantoio Gentili, one of the best genuine Extra Virgin Olive Oil made 100% in Italy, since 1820, by four generations using olives not only produced in Italy, but coming from a specific area, Farnese a small village upper Lazio, near Tuscany.
Another brand that I’m proud to import is Prince Pignatelli from the Monteroduni, Molise region, which uses a different kind of olives, which produces a different taste from the previous one. The olive oils that I import are different tasting, for different recipes, like a wine. One will be better for fish, another for meat or fresh salad. It is suggested to use olive oil raw, to appreciate its genuineness and fragrance, and to benefit from all of the valuable nutrients that are important for our health.
The suggestion for all shoppers is that it is very important to be informed: When Buying Olive Oil, Knowledge is Power!
Olive oil has been used for thousands of years in Mediterranean cultures. Ancient Greeks knew of its power to heal wounds and eventually they used it to light oil lamps, for cooking and beauty. From ancient times to present-day, olive oil has been used for everything from health ailments to beauty and the home and so much more. Now evidence shows that a diet based on olive oil can add years to your life and may even prevent some diseases.
“The olive tree is surely the richest gift of heaven.” -Thomas Jefferson
How to Taste Olive Oil
1. Pour the olive oil into a small cup.
2. Place the cup in the palm of your hand, cover the top of it with the other hand and swirl it for twenty seconds. By doing this, you’re warming the oil and releasing some of the aromas.
3. Lift your hand off of the top and smell the oil.
4. Taste it, but don’t drink it! You want to taste using a method called strippagio, were you aerate the oil to create a spray effect that it covers your whole mouth and allows you to get the full aroma. Clench your jaw together and inhale audibly, letting the oil spray coat your mouth.
5. Swallow and let the oil echo in your throat.
You may experience a peppery sensation in the back of your throat that may burn a little—this is from oleocanthol, the antioxidant naturally found in the oil. Sometimes you will cough because it’s so strong— but that’s okay! That is actually considered a compliment to a producer; it means they’re making a very healthy oil. Some people rate oils as one, two or three coughs in terms of intensity.
What olive oil should you buy? Definitely extra-virgin olive oil, although it isn’t always easy to know if you’re getting extra virgin, even if it says so on the label. (Note: olive oils listed as ‘pure” or “light” do not contain oleocanthal. It, like other phenolics, is removed during the refining process.) Only extra virgin olive oil contains the all-important oleocanthal.
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