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A Little bit of Olive Oil History
Scientists believe that olive trees were first cultivated in Greece or more specifically first grown in Crete around about 3500BC. Crete started the first export of olive oil to Africa and Asia.
The olive tree became a symbol in Greece. Olive Oil became valuable for its medical and nutritional values. The production of olive oil in and around Greek territories was significant, due to the vastness of the Empire. When the Turks overpowered the Greece the production of olive oil was not affected.
Olive growers were held in high esteem, passing their properties on from one generation to the next. When a child was born they planted an olive tree so it would grow and develop like the child. When the child started school the olive tree would be ready to produce its fruit.
Many other countries now produce Olive oil all over the world. Today Spain and Italy have become the bigger leaders in the production of olive oil.
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There are many types of Olive oil-
· Extra Virgin olive oil – This is of exceptional quality, with both taste and aroma. This is produced from the first pressing.
· Virgin Olive oil- This is not quite as good although it still comes from the first pressing
There are also many lesser grades –
· Color -Green oil comes from the green olives and harvested before they ripen.
· Taste and smell- means that the olives were not ripe when picked
If the olive oil smells funny then do not buy it. Always read the labels, and see where it was produced.
Cooking with Olive Oil
Save your best virgin oil for salads and dressings. Use it on baked potatoes or on crusty bread. Although, the best oil to use for cooking is the extra virgin oil or the virgin oil, if this is too expensive then you could use the pure olive oil for cooking.
Storing Olive oil
Store at 57degrees. Or store away from stove in a dark cupboard at room temperature of 70 degrees.
In my opinion, the extra virgin olive is too good to waste so use it wisely. Use the cheaper varieties for lesser occasions.
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