Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. It comes from countries such as Spain, Morocco, and Tunisia. I would never have thought Cosco would have good EVOO. Bragg’s is so good with all of their products. Smaller chains do not have those resources available to them and have to go by their supplier’s words, so to speak. . Really, any olive oil from a single farm or small co-op will almost always be legit. I put my Kirkland (Costco) branded Extra Virgin Olive oil in the frige last night. I live by http://www.queencreekolivemill.com and my future son in law works there it is pure pricey but worth it. Our band of miscreants dares to challenge politically-correct nutrition. I will be more concern about California hybrids and genetically modified seeds. Or are we going to assume they put exactly the same ratio of the same kind of oil from the same countries and gathered at the same time of the year inside those bottles? There have been others done by countries around the world. If you have further questions beyond what I have covered here, please feel free to contact us. Fake olive oil is literally everywhere on the market – up to 70% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are fake. Berkeley Olive Grove 1913’s highest this year is 495. I stuck my Trader Joe’s Italian cold pressed 100% virgin olive oil in the fridge, and after a day it barely had any tiny clumps at all. I worked as an aesthetician and unfortunately don’t ever see that happening for me since now I can’t handle any type of smell or physical labor. Can someone else comment on this? challenging politically correct nutrition, January 1, 2019 by Kristen Michaelis CNC 313 Comments | Affiliate Disclosure. I have noticed the price of EEVO go steadily down over the years…. You say to go to your site for a listing of “safe” brands of Olive Oil, but the site won’t open to that list, why not? I would NEVER trust Trader Joe’s. That get’s me to another point: How can you tell what year’s crop you have? Rita, you bring up a valid point. Bertolli Many studies also show that olive oil prevents blood clotting and lowers blood pressure, protecting against cardiovascular disease. Since I can’t make the trips to Greece myself, I am glad that Bragg does is for me! LOL. I had to give up having olive oil about a year ago – with soy & corn allergy, I was reacting even to “extra virgin” olive oil. It has fabulous taste and is reasonably priced. I was wondering if you could explain the reason behind WFN not clumping- maybe the winterization or wax or whatever. So, to see them you’ll have to enable javascript or disable your ad blocker. I am trying to find out if Kirkland extra virgin olive oil is unrefined. I’m returning it. Ingredients. As we all know the United States is not a country, the United States is a business. Thank you so much for sharing this! There has to be other states besides the ones listed above that are safe. 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. I heard about this last year on Americs’s Test Kitchen. According to Bernarducci, an olive oil should be used within 12 to 14 months of its harvest date (sometimes called a crush date). Since writing this post, I’ve decided that the last section on how to know if your olive oil is fake or not needed clarifying. It works fine for this purpose. It’s tasty and easy enough for me to pick up at a few grocery stores in my area. Any bottle can claim to be “all-natural,” but that doesn’t mean it’s true. Most every brand, from fancy & expensive to cheap Alpo types had either none or just trace amounts of the supplements (there’s no regulation over this sort of thing in dog food). I’m a happy club member). Please Do some research, Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Even the California sources may be corrupt. But I do soak most of my veges and fruits in lemon juice and vinegar and rinse thoroughly. 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. I only buy COOC (California Olive Oil Council) Certified. The olive oil she sells comes from a small co-op of farms — not an international supplier. Any comments on this? There was California Olive Ranch, their Arbequina, Arbosana and Miller’s Blend. therefore, you should buy spanish olive oil, which usually has much better quality than italian and with no doubt american, which is made from high intensity olive tree cultivation and is no good…. Within reason – there have always been trade routes. The website Fooducate.com has a good article on 7 things to look for when purchasing EVOO. And businesses will discredit and slates anyone’s good reputation just to leap ahead. organic only means pesticides and fertilizers aren’t used. Artisan and locally-produced olive oils (the variety you can find from domestic small family farms) have always passed every single test of authenticity. It’s not cloudy at all. So how do you know if you’re getting the right stuff? Anyhow, I’m with you. I cannot subscribe to it. What if it’s certified organic? The problem with these articles is that the “Italian olives” come from Spain. How can you tell if your olive oil has gone rancid? I believe ultimate cooking temperature is a significant consideration regarding ultimate value of the food to the body. Ariston olive oil is the best. 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. 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. I wouldn’t trust in the certification alone. Thanks!! Please tell brag olive oil extra virgin is real or fake or mixed? http://www.naturalnews.com/035238_natural_foods_GMOs_organic.html. Do you have any advice to help fix this problem? Bette Mae Wirta Marceau via Facebook says. Bertolli I know of no scientific evidence of the ” fridge test” as a way to know if olive oil is adulterated. Well not only does it have no flavor… it also does not even pass the first test. I test commercially sold olive oils a lot and have found hardly any that are not rancid or adulterated. In fact, I’m due for a trip there to tour their olive groves and press! I now buy Trader Joe’s Greek olive oil and hope it’s not fake! Some consumers are concerned about the rumors that are circulating about fake olive oil. I tried a few other brands as well and all of them failed. The only Italianess is on the recipe, this is a shameful secret, 30 years. They’re not pricey at all (super affordable, really, when you consider that you’re buying by the gallon instead of a little bottle). Uh, yeah. I have tested the Texas Olive Ranch oil in the refrigerator … Sorry to report it didn’t solidify. On the positive side, you will be able to see the results of each specific olive oil brand tested and, very importantly, polyphenol values. It is just another reason to business locally with real farmers when you can! Were the people who did the research using honest-to-goodness olive oil? Did you know that the Mob makes money hand over fist by selling you fake olive oil?Olive oil is a $1.5 billion industry in the United States alone. Colavita You can buy frsh olive oil here. My fat of choice is animal variety. That’s not to say I think Costco sells quality, but I wouldn’t dismiss them just because it’s Costco. Some refineries cut the olive oil with cheaper oil, while others may even mix vegetable oils with beta-carotene to disguise the flavor, and add chlorophyll for coloring to produce fake olive oil. My Bragg olive oil didn’t solidify for a few days when I left it in the fridge! They have mail-order. Think about it….. We pick our olives at the right time. It’s the Holy Spirit that gives The Olive Oil it’s unique abilities..Not nothing of man. We can’t seem to have it both ways. No importing, or fakes. it is so hard to find REAL Organic anything. Yuck! It’s fantastic. Greetings! If you want the full, gripping, true story behind the olive oil racketeering, I highly recommend you buy and read Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. I promise not to do anything weird with it! Also I misspoke, it is a 17 oz. If yes, then it’s almost always a safe bet. They also have very good olive oil, on one of the good and real lists. I have never been the same. I buy all my olive oil made from 100% California Olives. Spectrum is my favorite brand of olive oil. It looks like they get it from farmers on the coast overseas as well… how can we be 100% sure? As an aside, you do realize that Jovial’s oil comes from their family estate in Italy, right? Cobram Estate Buying from a local farmer that you know and trust will help to ensure that you’re getting the good stuff. Visit the ranch, near Wimberley, TX and you can taste wine and hear the (almost) complete history of olive oil for a mere $15 (was only $6 when we went a few years ago). How about jovial olive oil. We want to assure you that at Trader Joe’s we work very closely with our suppliers to assure that we are receiving only the highest quality products, and that our suppliers are meeting 100 percent of their claims (as stated on the product labeling). Safeway Hi just wondering if you have a subscription service? I don’t understand the reason why I also thought this book was fascinating. I ended up buying the Bionaturae brand of Organic EVOO. and its a product of greece. A great economical buy but I can’t afford that right now as an upfront investment. It’s first cold press and 100% real and unadulterated. Good learn that somebody is actually trying to do something about it!!!! Instead, it waves a lot of red flags. Is buying ‘certified organic’ olive oil a way to make sure the olive oil is legitimate? My in-laws owned some olive trees in my Father-in-laws native village. what is the best kind? I agree with Kristen M. Additionally, Mr. Mueller recently did a taste test of 6 TJ’s brand (supposed) EVOOs: I refuse to buy the “imported” stuff. EVOO does not get better with age, so only buy the freshest available and in a quantity that you will use quickly. I kind of suspected the taste was off anyway but I thought maybe I just got last year’s oil. International allowance is 0.08% and the California Olive Oil Council allowance is a stricter 0.05%–both too high. I read your article and I find it true, but I do not find fair that you are using Dauro Olive oil as your main picture as this is a SUPERB HIGH QUALITY olive oil. I’ve also heard that stuff from California is generally more legit; such as the Napa Valley brand. Do you have any idea if Bragg’s extra virgin cold pressed olive oil is good? After every shower, apply a generous amount in your body so that it’ll sink into your skin. I left my TJs bottle in the fridge for comparison and found that while the TJs clumped (and eventually turned solid after getting pushed to the back of the fridge), there isn’t a single speck in the WFN bottle after being in the fridge for two days, and it appears to still flow pretty well. It is the little changes that will make the greatest They refuse to list sources for their products. It owes its popularity to health benefits and culinary usefulness. Put some on your tongue for a moment..it should taste fruity and when you swallow it there should be a bitter or peppery taste in your throat. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN doesn’t matter. Many thanks for sharing! Its probably obvious that I have been reading a lot lately about the fragility of olive oil and the importance of it staying cool and dark. May not be perfect, but right now I don’t live near olive orchards so I do what I can. They also won’t work if you have javascript disabled. Buy from a farmer you can get to know and trust, and you’ll be set.”. Researchers did not examine whether olive oil was “fake” as such (i.e., something other than olive oil … When my father in law came to the states, and we introduced him to our versions of the extra virgin olive oil, like philipo berrio and other brands, he looked at me cockeyed, and said this is no first press olive oil by far, he said its not pure olive oil, and not tha same as back home….When i had found a bottle of an extra virgin brand from Greece (forgot brand), and Spain (tendre), he was like thats more like it…We currently use costco kirkland brand which is pricier, but def worth it! This is a measure of free radicals, essentially, and should be as low as possible. You’ll need javascript running and your ad blocker turned off if you want to see any links on my Resources page. I mixed the canola and the true EVOO until I made it match the spectrum oil. It has a normal olive oil taste but it's super smooth and heats up really quickly. I am totally going to test it now! While she adores hats & happy skirts, nothing inspires her quite like geeking out over nutrition & sustainable agriculture. I was thinking of getting that. I want to know which ones are real and which ones aren’t. I bought Trader Joes ‘Kalamata’ and refrigerated it, overnight. Star We can now “create” an adulterated or even pseudo olive oil in a lab that passes some of the easier authentication tests — build it with a similar fatty acid profile, color, scent, and taste. Consumers desire for unreasonably cheap goods is a huge part of the problem as well. I find this a bit disheartening. Thanks for all the good articles on healthy living. Its a big deal for us because we have food allergies in our home. If any time you find Dauro, I highly recommend you to try. Keep up the great work! California and many other states provide extra virgin olive oil. The FDA views raw milk as truly dangerous. I’m so confused, my friend said to put it in the freezer. The brands that passed the studies, my local store didn’t even stock. Sheesh, isn’t any food what it says it is anymore? The most common form of adulteration comes from mixing extra virgin olive oil with cheaper, lower-grade oils. 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”. I’m working with a group of Texas olive growers who will market Texas grown, PURE EVOO as soon as next year. I had heard of this before, but didn’t realize the problem was so pervasive. The biggest offender seems to be Whole Foods, but apparently, TJ also sells “natural” products, which, of course, aren’t regulated and can contain all the GMOs they want. 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. Olive oil fraud is rampant. Apparently, the mob’s been at it so long, that even most so-called “experts” can’t tell a real olive oil from a fake olive oil based on taste alone. Mr. Mueller did not happen to test the TJ Spanish oil. I’m with Ronda on Costco being very conscious of their product quality, however I don’t believe this is totally true in food cases. As for EVOO: Try this one sold by Kasandrinos Imports Lots of my friends says this is the best olive oil! Cause that coupon code isn’t working. Usually I don’t like these kind of articles, just scare us…but thanks for the test: I put my olive oil (philipo Berio) in the fridge and the next morning it was all cloudy and solid, so I guess it is true olive oil, as I also put a bottle of rapseed oil in the fridge that remained liquid. The other value of importance and which should be presented is the polyphenol value. Deborah Bogle and Tom Mueller “Losing our Virginity” The Advertiser May 12, 2012 Pg 11-14. We have our own presses. I was hoping to support United states products instead of imports. But then you say to yourself, if it happened in Italy, who tells me It’s not happening in Spain? Olive oil is made from the fruit harvested from olive trees. You know that the fridge test doesn’t always work, and it definitely doesn’t disprove an olive oil. I’d heard something about this and it’s very interesting to get more of the story. At least I feel better knowing I am not alone…. Or were they just buying stuff from a store too? Is Bragg’s good? And we live in America, this great nation where everything, it seems, is a lie? Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Beware that there’s olive oil fraud going on, and some brands are mixed with unlabeled GMO oils (like soybean oil), so it’s important to find a brand you trust. TifnGreg and Tara, I was just telling a friend today about the Kirkland brand at Costco. Hi the label on the bottle says cold pressed is that any guarantee that it’s real extra virgin olive oil? So, the same standard that we apply to selecting quality domestic olive oil applies to selecting quality international olive oil. 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. Choose an olive oil that is protected by green glass. 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. This olive oil is hand-selected by The Olive Oil Hunter himself, T.J. Robinson. I always suspected the low prices though. My oil is very real. Keep up the great work! August 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm . Great quality. I assure you it’s as real as it gets! Hi….please help . You will find something in the vicinity of 70% of labelled “extra virgin” olive oils, principally originating in Europe, failed to be truly extra virgin at time of testing. Always Check The Actual Product Label In Your Possession For The Most Accurate Ingredient Information Before Use. Mozzola Old news….soapmakers knew this 5 years ago. Me too. Simon Palczynski — Of course they have to label it. It doesn’t specifically speak about “seasonable eating”, but how we have become disconnected from our food sources. The *most* important thing is to know that it was sourced from a single family farm or perhaps a small co-op of growers. Awesome and knowledgeable people to talk to as well! I knew 10 years ago that most ‘Olive oil’ was likely grapeseed oil. All my java is working fine. Can you give a source for your statements regarding GMO’s? According to tests done by the UC Davis Olive Center, 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the United States are most likely fake. good to know, Louise! Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and its long list of health benefits is constantly growing. I shared a link to it over at my new blog. 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