Stocking your kitchen with a high-quality olive oil might be one of the most important things you do for the quality of your cooking. Olive oil helps carry and enhance the flavor of food and spices, and satisfies the palette and appetite. Of course, it’s a staple in Mediterranean cuisines including Italian, but you can use it liberally in a variety of both savory and sweet dishes without guilt because of its health-boosting properties. Olive oil is high in antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
Olive oil can actually be useful in various ways in your home, from skin care to lamp fuel, but for cooking and eating, choose an extra virgin olive oil. This term means the highest quality oil is pressed mechanically from olives without heat, filtration, or any chemical processes. You should always try to buy a dark glass bottle with a recent “harvest date” indication for maximum antioxidant power and best taste. The flavor of the oil depends on the olives from which came, so there are tastes from delicate to pungent under the label extra virgin.
The best way to enjoy olive oils in your food is as a drizzle or butter replacement; though they stand up to relatively high cooking temperatures, they do lose flavor as heated and are best added before serving or in uncooked dishes. Use olive oil to balance the acidity in foods like tomato, vinegar, wine, or lemon. Experiment with which work best in your favorite marinades and salad dressings. Olive oil can enhance the flavor of almost anything you eat. Some of our fan favorites that we carry are Cantoro’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), Berio EVOO and Berio Pure Olive Oil. We also carry a 3 pack sampler by our oil and vinegar display!