You get lunch and a gallon of the first press from the year’s harvest. That get’s me to another point: How can you tell what year’s crop you have? He specifically mentioned that their Kirkland Signature brand is a reputable, good oil. I used Filippo Berio for years but on a chart I read, only 1 of 3 samples was really EVOO, with the other 2 being just “virgin” (2 presses, whereas “extra virgin” is only the first press). Nicholas Blechman recently covered the adulteration process of olive oil for The New York Times. They also have very good olive oil, on one of the good and real lists. This is illustrating a point I’ve been feeling for a while, which is, in order to eat really healthy and responsibly, we really have to eat in a way that our local ecosystem facilitates. Short of going to the cost of having your olive oil lab tested (not practical), be sure to buy from a purveyor who knows the producers they buy from, is very knowledgeable about olive oil and turns over their product quickly. All the others are crap so this is all we use. Cory, Buying good quality olive oil should not be this complicated! Why gamble with conmen for an inferior product when you can buy something better with no concern? Star It tastes pretty good but I haven’t investigated its background yet. However, I am having a hard time comprehending your analysis about the fake oil, and the big brands statement: The brands that failed to meet the extra virgin olive oil standards, according to this study: Bertolli, Carapelli, Colavita, Star, Pompeian. The big brand freed the cartel monopolies in Italia over 30 years ago. Oh my goodness! How can you tell if your olive oil has gone rancid? ty, Here’s a list of the EVOOs that tested pure. I don’t believe it is a “pipe” dream you have, but something that could really happen and perhaps is somewhat already. It’s one of the things Mueller mentions in his book. Do you have any idea if Bragg’s extra virgin cold pressed olive oil is good? We hope this information adequately addresses your concerns, and we do appreciate you allowing us the opportunity to address this matter with you directly. They send you the first bottle free. He also says that “Oil that has not been winterized will clump and form needle-like crystals at refrigerator temperatures as the longer chain fats and waxes in the oil congeal, but the oil will not usually harden completely unless chilled further.” In other words, he says that if it hasn’t been winterized it will still thicken up — just not turn solid. Mozzola Price: $-$$$ This full-spectrum (less than 0.3 percent THC) CBD oil comes from a well-known brand offering relatively inexpensive oils for the potency. Exactly!!! Let me tell you…it was kind of pricey but it was DAY & NIGHT difference than the stuff you get in the stores. Oh, undoubtedly (re: your comment to me). Journalist Alex Renton shares this story: I conducted a blind tasting of extra virgin olive oils a few years ago for a national newspaper that wanted “the truth on expensive olive oil”. Thrilled to read posts like yours that help educate folks on the industry. Burroughs Family Farms is another producer of extra virgin olive oil with certification from the California Olive Oil… I’ve long been advocating that the fridge test is completely invalid. CBD full spectrum oil side effects: Fake or miracle cure? Read the book Extra Virginity, all about this, it’s a great read. At this point, I’m willing to trust Bragg, since they have been such a great vendor for me in my years of health-oriented food efforts. There is NO WAY it will be good 2 years from now.”. In almost all cases, they buy their oil from distributors who promise it’s 100% extra-virgin olive oil. However, the company from whom I buy often also produces award-winning wines, so I get to sit on their covered patio, sipping my cab while looking out at their olive trees, hehe. I don’t think that link dispels the fridge test completely, only the kind of fridge test that says that the oil must turn completely solid in the fridge to be “extra-virgin.” He says that turning solid is a result of the natural waxes on the olive, and that some oils are winterized to remove the waxes and stearates. Their honey IS one of the ones that has had most of the pollen removed. Costco. Karen, the most important thing is that you know where your olive oil comes from. I originally from Spain and this country has one of the highest quality extra-virgin olive oils in the world and but, in saying so, I have no doubt they all meet national standards and haven’t been adulterated. I am going to have to research this more. Borges used to be cheap where I live but over the past few years I’ve seen Borges EVOO rise in price to be higher than Filippo Berio and Bertolli. Have you tasted it for its silkiness/texture, flavour? Freshness & chemical integrity are the 2 most important factors to know about when buying an extra virgin olive oil. They have resources to catch dishonest suppliers. no way!’. I responded to this in the comments above, but I’ll say it again. By being involved at this level we can ensure the quality of our Olive Oils. At Trader Joe’s we require FDA regulated GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) program of our vendors. The question of using an extracted oil is a personal consideration. Extra-virgin olive oil ought to be flammable enough to keep an oil lamp burning. He’s not a mobster; he’s a friend. Even the California sources may be corrupt. And although it’s not an absolute guarantee (b/c gov’t and its committees are often corrupt or can be bought), a seal or guarantee of quality by the IOOC can also indicate quality. For example, there was survey done of dog foods claiming to have some level of glucosamine and chondroitin (suggested to benefit joints). The FDA views raw milk as truly dangerous. Recently, we’ve been thinking about exporting good quality extra virgin olive oil to the US. I realize this is a bigger issue in the summer months. I love Olive Oil and I find ethical just to mention you the beauty of this Olive Oil. But what make you think “Bionaturae” is any better or even legit for that matter? You will immediately taste the difference. I feel it is good to find on the label of a dark glass extra virgin olive oil the oleic free acidity (ofter simply “acidity”). Great quality. Kristin- Actually, I’d put more faith in Costco than in anything on a standard grocery store shelf. Is Bragg’s good? I thought of that, too. I would never have thought Cosco would have good EVOO. Please tell brag olive oil extra virgin is real or fake or mixed? Is “Colavita” brand EVOO 100% pure and unadulterated? You only get the health benefits if its the real deal. Newman’s Own The olive oil she sells comes from a small co-op of farms — not an international supplier. What about the’s extra virgin olive oil they have? Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 organic EVOOs are shipped at the fastest feasible transit rate and packed carefully for protection, also avoiding likely transit layover days (weekends or holidays). I read the 2010 study from UC Davis, and it showed that Kirkland’s (Costco brand) of “Organic” Extra Virgin Olive Oil had the third lowest amount of polyphenols (mostly natural, but with some synthetic or semi-synthetic) organic chemicals. I really enjoy your blog and your writing! I’ve been buying Mario organic olive oil for years…. Was the 10% discount only for a limited time? Unfortunately, you can’t simply go by taste alone. Oh that’s odd. It lists the names of the olives they use too. That was because different oils need different amounts of lye to saponify, and adulterating olive oil changes the overall superfat of a soap. So it’s imported. It’s really disturbing, but I’m so glad I can stop eating fake oils. Who’s ‘they’ – four italians and an american? I have not tried the California Olive Ranch olive oil, but other readers have reported back that it’s the real deal. I trust them and the olive oil tastes fantastic! Thanks for sharing, Kristen! He generously agreed! Is this just a “glitch” on your site? 1.Look for a ‘harvest date’ or a ‘best by’ date printed right on the label. We get our EVOO from a local source. Etc etc. They’re not pricey at all (super affordable, really, when you consider that you’re buying by the gallon instead of a little bottle). In the fridge it gets solid as a rock…I know it’s the real stuff because it’s having the same slimming effect that authentic Olive oil used to give me. I will post my findings and if I find any that appear to fall under the criteria you specified, otherwise I will buy from WFN. It’s because we have labs now that can make fake oil taste almost as good (if not better) than the real thing. Me too. , THANKS for olive oil expo…how can I make my own pure virgin olive oil…need step by step process…Tks…LY, Marietta, Ohio. Spectrum Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spectrum brand Organic Unrefined Extra Virgin Olive Oil is 100% organic and 100% first cold pressed, with a robust, fruity aroma and rich nutty flavor. There is NO COMPARISON between the taste of that ‘liquid gold’ versus commercially purchased extra virgin olive oil. It feels like we are just paying more just to get shafted, all the while thinking we are doing something good for our families & bodies. There are some amazing olive oils all over the world. I can say that this company makes real olive oil! Corto Olive These bottles are then legally labeled “Extra Virgin” and branded with “Packaged in Italy” or “Imported from Italy,” and shipped around the world. If you want more information, shoot me an email: This oil meets and exceeds the International Olive Oil Council's stringent standard of quality and purity. No wonder my Field Day Organic can’t keep my olive oil lamp wick lit! You can visit their olive farm and see where they make the oil..all in the same place. (Santos, Food Res Int 2013). Thanks again for getting the word out about this. On Jan 31, 2013, at 5:13 AM, Amy Galland wrote: I just searched and searched to find a source for organic, cold pressed, virgin olive oil sold in dark bottles and grown and processed domestically and was so happy to find you. (I’m also confused on this point, because I thought an “extra-virgin” oil couldn’t be winterized.) The order comes to me, and it’s always fresh from the press (within 30 days, usually less). It is just another reason to business locally with real farmers when you can! No longer just from California. I will be more concern about California hybrids and genetically modified seeds. Soy, canola, and cottonseed oil are all likely modified, too, unless you’re buying organic. Rachel Ray Other times, they blend extra virgin olive oil with a poorer quality olive oil. That’s not to say I think Costco sells quality, but I wouldn’t dismiss them just because it’s Costco. Yours concerned, I work at a food co-op and I have heard this. Celia Ozereko — I haven’t read Tomatoland yet! What about other oils? From my understanding all samples of Costco’s Organic EVOO passed the UCD testing. Anyhow, I put that book on par with things like Tomatoland for making me paranoid about anything for which I don’t know the source. 2. True olive oils almost always state the specific region they were produced in, so look for that when checking out a bottle “from Italy.”. How to Tell if Your Olive Oil Is Fake: The Oil Lamp Test. I can assure the oil is the real deal. Omaggio Really, any olive oil from a single farm or small co-op will almost always be legit. The blended oil is then chemically deodorized, colored, and possibly even flavored and sold as “extra-virgin” oil to a producer. Good info to know, though. As for EVOO: Try this one sold by Kasandrinos Imports Lots of my friends says this is the best olive oil! HACCP is a systematic approach to identifying, evaluating and controlling food safety hazards. You can buy frsh olive oil here. Hi the label on the bottle says cold pressed is that any guarantee that it’s real extra virgin olive oil? In 2008, more than 400 Italian police officers conducted an operation called “Operation Golden Oil,” which resulted in 23 arrests and confiscation of 85 farms. Ottavio Well, my Walmart brand evoo froze solid. If you don’t have any local olive growers near you, then I personally vouch for the online olive oil supplier found here. The brands that passed the studies, my local store didn’t even stock. I particularly like that it's organic and extra virgin. That’s their official stance. organic only means pesticides and fertilizers aren’t used. Thanks. Lucini What’s the likelihood of it being real? After moving to Australia again after 20 years, I just can’t but thank and even glorify this great nation I live, which I consider has one of the toughest food regulations worldwide. Helen Vosburgh — No, I don’t think so. Here’s what I don’t get isn’t this what the FSMA was supposed to “protect us from” where are the raids with full assault teams and confiscating entire store warehouse and letting it spoil. I watched a lot of complete length motion pictures on the web. It looks like they get it from farmers on the coast overseas as well… how can we be 100% sure? I tried clicking on the link from your website, but nothing happens? My fat of choice is animal variety. Theirs has long been my favorite for flavor. A 100% fail. I would look for less than 0.2% on the labels you read. Nutrition educator & author of the go-to book on nutrition for fertility, she's also a rebel with a cause who enjoys playing in the rain, a good bottle of Caol Isla scotch, curling up with a page-turning book, sunbathing on her hammock, and parenting her three children as they grow into young adults. You should be able to tell from tasting. The corruption the industry happens when companies source their olive oil from international suppliers that collect and distribute oil from hundreds of farms. Sounds like I need to bump it up in the queue. I don’t know what I’d do without your blog to keep me updated! I urge you to seek out his article and see what you think. it also doesn’t mean “healthy”. He works with local producers to create custom blends or single-varietal exclusives, then bottles the oil and distributes it to members of The Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club (psst! Incredible article dude! I also thought this book was fascinating. I’ve read that Spanish olive oil is less likely to be fake (virgin instead of extra virgin). I am going to end up getting 90% of my food online. Anyone have any experience with this brand? Regards. We have it on good authority that Costco’s Kirkland brand of EVOO is probably the only REAL olive oil made with Tuscan olives available in the US (that we know of). At least I feel better knowing I am not alone…. You are far from the truth…have you seen a chemical analysis for this oil re lowest acidity and peroxide levels showing extreme purity? That seemed a little better tasting but I will have to give it the olive oil lamp test and the fridge test too. In fact, many oils have sunflower oil, soybean oil, even MOTOR OIL added. It’s olive oil, for goodness’ sake! I was thinking of getting that. Researchers at UC Davis find problems again with purity of imported olive oil They are throwing away the opportunity to be a leader in selling quality olive oil, but they are failing miserably, asuming their customers are just as clueless as they appear to be. WHAT?! If Dauro is a good oil, then good for them and you and anyone else who buys it! Check out Papa Vince’s oil which is simply cold pressed from fresh green olives, and has amazing health benefits. This is wonderful! It contains Vitamin E, Vitamin K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids including Omega-6 and Omega-4.. Also, I really like the sound of Chaffin Family Farms. Is there anybody having identical RSS issues? Lyonmark Estate is well known for the good oil in Hawkes Bay. It can be on the olive itself, but that is something to think about. Read How to choose a good coconut oil for the scoop on coconut oils! I have tested the Texas Olive Ranch oil in the refrigerator … Sorry to report it didn’t solidify. I have heard this too. Also, you might let it sit in there longer. I only buy COOC (California Olive Oil Council) Certified. It’s first cold press and 100% real and unadulterated. Filippo Berio always tasted fine to me as did Borges. Kristen, Thanks again for all you do. His engrossing way with words sucks you in from page one and doesn’t let you go until you reach the back cover. Peg Danek — They’re actually a really good store as far as sourcing organics and other foodie goodies. The shame of this is that great flavor is lost, but so are the wonderful and amazing health benefits of evoo. I can’t afford the “real stuff” I guess. Here’s the Bionaturae website, they do list the acidity levels of the olive oil under the FAQs page and there’s a lengthy explanation of where the olive oil is grown and how it is harvested and pressed. The olive oil, which was locally grown and fresh, tasted awesome. Second, extra-virgin olive oil ought to be flammable enough to keep an oil lamp burning. I live about 3 miles from Queen Creek Olive Mill and LOVE LOVE LOVE their olive oils and vinegars. (and in my humble opinion, deserves ours): Following our truncated conversation earlier today, first I’ll mention that your order was shipped this afternoon. It had a nice fruity smell and a peppery after taste., Three of the six he rejected outright as blatantly defective; one he said was “tired” (ie, degraded to the point of barely passing minimum threshold of the low-ball International Olive Commission’s “extra virgin” standard) and yet the label the claimed it would still be good for two more years. Just use coconut oil. Keep up the great work! International allowance is 0.08% and the California Olive Oil Council allowance is a stricter 0.05%–both too high. The fact that it’s sold in clear glass (allowing ultraviolet light to pass through and initiate peroxidation of the oil) and has a plastic lid (permeable to oxygen) are bad signs for the oil, even if what was put into the bottle initially was of good quality. I have joined the most wonderful Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues? 0.05% would be best. I ended up buying the Bionaturae brand of Organic EVOO. “Regular” olive oil: The bottle will just say “olive oil” or “pure olive oil,” in an attempt to rise above its station. Celia Ozereko — Well, that’s just one study. We love BUTTER, grass-fed & wild meats, raw and fermented foods, and local & organic veggies. If it’s truly good EVOO, that percentage should be NO higher than 0.08%. I am putting my faith in COSTCO’s Italian Olive Oil. I had to go to a regular grocery chain to find them. Mr. Mueller did not happen to test the TJ Spanish oil. Now more than ever! Since the WFN oil comes from a small, individual locale, and since I trust Annette to have verified the source, I trust the oil she sells. It’s optional. and its a product of greece. They had a blurb on the back stating that they are involved in the entire process, have strict standards and get their oil from a select group of small family farms in Italy. Or were they just buying stuff from a store too? I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to buy locally produced olive oil. Antonia Louise Longo — It made me giggle, too. There have been others done by countries around the world. From the blog: “In other words, if you find a major brand name olive oil is fake, it probably isn’t the brand’s fault. I was told repeatedly that olive oil CANT freeze. ;-D, I just read this article this morning… great stuff! Many thanks for sharing! As Mr. Mueller commented, “This oil is already mature. The best way to ensure that you’re buying real olive oil is to buy oil that’s locally-produced. They also won’t work if you have javascript disabled. April Miles Thornton — I wouldn’t trust that certification alone on an imported oil. Bette Mae Wirta Marceau via Facebook says. Hi i want to know if the olive oil I purchased is real. Both good. I left it in there for several days before finally taking it out to use it, though. It took me months to get around to reading it, but when I did I couldn’t put the page-turner down. You can look them up on the Internet if you like. By the way, from what I recall most Greek oil is picked by hand (possibly by a lot of Albanians besides Greeks! “went into a fugue state” Lol that’s a pretty funny mental picture. 1. Well it took allot of canola, more then 60% the of my mix was canola. And they don’t care about that. According to Bernarducci, an olive oil should be used within 12 to 14 months of its harvest date (sometimes called a crush date). I have the same problem! yes i trust the kirkland brand as well… costco puts a lot of money into the production of those products (and saves money by not marketing it). Organic certification requires a lot of inspection, so it stands to reason that buying organic might help? That is what I blog about. Eric Walters — Well, the deal is, this olive oil is still seen as “safe”. Adding true olive oil to your diet can have a tremendous impact on your overall health. Did you know that the Mob makes money hand over fist by selling you fake olive oil? Buy from a local producer directly if you want real extra-virgin. Very interesting article! Valley Fever is an infection that occurs when the spores of the fungus Coccidioides immitis enter your body through the lungs. Their products could be produced in Dallas, TX for all we REALLY know; and everyone’s just ‘buying’ it (their products AND THEIR STORY) for some reason. When using U.S. The importer went into a fugue after he was informed that he’d pronounced his own premium product “disgusting”; the deli owner chose a bottle of highly dubious “Italian extra virgin” as his favourite (it had cost £1.99 at the discount store TK Maxx); and both the foodies gave a thumbs-up to Unilever’s much-derided Bertolli brand. The antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil have been shown to help fight disease, as well as act as an anti-inflammatory in the body, protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation. Rather, it’s their supplier’s.” This is pure, unadulterated poppycock: ALL major marketers have a representative on site at a supplier, to watch over quality control, use of agreed-upon ingredients, and use of manufacturing methods and processes. The oil is then pumped into a tank and shipped to Italy. On the positive side, you will be able to see the results of each specific olive oil brand tested and, very importantly, polyphenol values. Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and its long list of health benefits is constantly growing. That is like saying why gamble on Grass fed beef or chicken, or wild caught seafood. I vouch for the Wilderness Family Natural’s olive oil because I’m friends with Annette (the owner). Whole Foods We made the switch to grass fed butter and my skin is healthier I haven’t had heartburn for months. There’s only one large problem with olive oil… not all types are created equal. Good god…my kid is deathly allergic to soybeans…they could KILL my baby by substituting!! Plus, We also do our own testing on a quarterly basis. Olive oil is a $1.5 billion industry in the United States alone. Spectrum was one of the others. When the soil is disturbed these spores can become airborne and inhaled, sometimes hundreds of miles away from their original place of growth. [LEARN MORE]. I got my bottle from Wilderness Family Naturals after following the link on your site. In Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, Mr. Mueller exposes the inner workings of the olive oil industry, which has fallen prey to hi-tech, industry-wide fraud. Rather, it’s their supplier’s. So as it turns out, I may have never eaten real olive oil, considering that the ones in my house are about 100% fake. Spectrum organic extra virgin olive oil first cold pressed. Indeed, EV misunderstood & misapplied as supposedly pure. These authentication tests allow oils to be certified pure “extra-virgin olive oil.” Thus far in 2012, every imported brand of extra-virgin olive oil has failed the test to gain certification! Olive oil fraud is rampant. My oil is very real. The *most* important thing is to know that it was sourced from a single family farm or perhaps a small co-op of growers. I’m so excited about it. I had no idea until I read about it – I was quite shocked. Another way to know if it is EVOO is to taste it raw. I feel like we can’t trust anybody in the food industry anymore. So, buy locally. This year both of our varietals received gold medals at the world’s biggest international extra virgin olive oil competition. If you’re at all familiar with taste defects in olive oil (rancid, musty, fusty, muddy, etc. How about just saying there’s no reliable way to test store-bought fake and adulterated from real extra virgin? They all cost about $12.60 for just under 12 oz. Wow. This is enlightening. Trader Joe’s website specifically says they source non-gmo (which, as I understand it, Whole Foods no longer does). My olive oil literally froze last winter, because my cupboard isnt insulated. California Olive Ranch Ooooh… I love Queen Creek Olive Oil, Vinegars, and Olives. I would NEVER trust Trader Joe’s. If, however, the oil you put in the fridge fails to thicken at all (still appearing as clear and runny as it did at room temperature), then you know something certain: that it’s fake! Turns out I’d been using rancid olive oil from bad brands. Valerie, so sorry about your fiance. Beta Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) Salts – The Ultimate …, Synephrine Review (UPDATED 2019) | Does Synephrine …. LOL. Bragg’s is so good with all of their products. I put my Kirkland (Costco) Filippo Berio Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the fridge and it’s clear as day, and liquid as can be. I read somewhere–possibly Mueller’s site?–about some precautions you can take when looking for good brands. Again, this isn’t a fail-proof test, and for the same reasons. I buy my olive oil at Queen Creek Olive mill here: No kidding! I’d be pretty heartbroken if it was fake. Spectrum Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil $16.99/25.4 oz, or $0.66/ounce Origin: Spain. Hope that helps! He recommends: California Olive Ranch Learn how your comment data is processed. I have found a good unfiltered brand which I tested in the fridge. It’s FAKE?!?!?!?!? ~Tif. Many thanks, However I am going Hmmm. Can You Test Olive Oil To See If It Is Fake – or Not? It is sold in liquor stores and supermarkets from a big huge vat of oil and you can reuse your bottles to refill for much cheaper. The Olive Center’s testing took place between 2008 and 2010. Make salad dressing w/nuts & herbs for those who like the creamy stuff & whole oils & vinegar w/herbs for something lighter. T.J. is one of the world’s leading experts on quality olive oils. She travels to Italy, Spain, Greece and Australia’s olive groves during the harvest season, meeting suppliers and taking part in the process of putting together each of our high quality olive oils. It reveals nothing of the health benefits. 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