Olive Oil FAQ

What is extra virgin olive oil ?

Extra virgin and virgin olive oil are simply made by crushing olives. All other grades, including “olive oil,” “pure” and “light” are refined, meaning they are made in an industrial process using heat and chemicals. Extra virgin tastes better than virgin, has required standards of chemical composition and more nutrients. Many ‘extra virgin’ olive oils at your local store will no longer qualify by the time they reach your meal.

What is premium quality extra virgin oil ?

Even among extra virgin olive oils there a big differences in terms of their quality, taste, aroma, colour, health benefits, shelf life and price. Producing premium quality EVO is not an easy task. It is made early in the harvest season when the oil percentage is lower and the olives are pressed within 25 hours of picking. The process requires attention as a lot can go wrong. There is only one way to know for sure that you get what you pay for: Learn how to taste olive oil. Our premium olive oil has been lab tested and scores much higher than the required standards for extra virgin oil on all measures.

What is the shelf life of olive oil?

Unlike wine, olive oils do not get better with age. However if processed, packaged and stored correctly, extra virgin olive oils will retain good flavour, aroma and freshness for at least 12 months from the harvest date. An early harvest, high polyphenol olive oil like our premium oil can last as much as 3-4 years although the flavour will slowly diminish after two years. Oxygen, heat and light are the enemies of olive oil so store away from heat and light and seal well.

What is pressed versus infused flavoured olive oil?

Fused (or pressed) olive oil (called ‘agrumato’ in Italy), is made by crushing the olives with whole fruit. This method is what Barrow Olives use and makes the best oils as the natural flavours of local fruit meld well with the flavour of the olive oil. Most flavoured oils are made by adding flavouring to the oil afterwards, called ‘infused’ oil as it is cheaper to produce.