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The history of olive oil

The cultivation of the olive tree has been well known since 4000 B.C.

The tree originated in the coasts of Asia Minor. According to findings revealed during the excavations at Knossos, Crete island is the original home of the olive tree. This assumption is supported by the fact that the word olive (elia) is greek and has been preserved in all the languages.

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Extra virgin olive oil

Extra-virgin olive oil comes from virgin oilproduction only, contains no more than 0.8% acidity, and is judged to have a superior taste. Extra Virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries; the percentage is far higher in the Mediterranean countries (Greece: 80%, Italy: 45%, Spain 30%). It is used on salads, added at the table to soups and stews and for dipping.

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How to choose the best Extra Virgin Olive Oil


After you read the descriptions of the various grades of olive oil, you will still probably be wondering what this means to you as a consumer.

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