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Which EVOO brands are good?

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Created February 09, 2012 at 7:03 PM

NPR reported a while ago that many EVOO producers are cheating by mixing in other oils to reduce the price. How do you tell if you have a high quality product? Previously, I was using the supermarket brand organic EVOO, almost certainly to be low quality. What about this one from Amazon?

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on February 18, 2013
at 11:54 PM

I saw that study a few years ago and this has been my go-to brand for EVOO ever since. GREAT price for a great product.

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on February 18, 2013
at 11:52 PM

A study at UC Davis listed Kirkland Organic EVOO as one of the five brands that passed all three samples as extra virgin. http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/news-events/news/files/olive%20oil%20final%20071410%20.pdf

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on October 26, 2012
at 12:14 AM

Best olive oil I've had -- very fresh and olive-y tasting.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

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on October 25, 2012
at 10:40 PM

This is the one I use!

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on May 15, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I personally use the Organic Zoe EVOO and I think it great for a medium bodied mellower oil, Bariani (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00064VQNU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=space001-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00064VQNU) is my pick for something with a little bit more bite/spiciness...

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on May 15, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I personally use the Organic Zoe EVOO and I think it great for a medium bodied mellower oil, Bariani (Bariani Olive Oil 33.8 oz.which-evoo-brands-are-good? ) is my pick for something with a little bit more bite/spiciness...

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

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on February 24, 2012
at 05:20 AM

This is our favorite, too. My partner, who rarely comments on such things really noticed the difference.

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on February 24, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Your article is backwards on the burning part. Extra Virgin Olive Oil shouldn't burn. Poor Quality oil will!

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on February 10, 2012
at 05:23 PM

I'd be interested to hear if you did ultimately receive any response. Thanks for the info!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on February 10, 2012
at 01:16 PM

"olive oil isn't pressed any more" Huh? care to elaborate?

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on February 10, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I don't think the Kirkland is 100% olive oil. I contacted them regarding whether they were 100% olive oil and received no response so I will absolutely not use this brand. I would have been surprised to hear them state they were 100% olive oil but I was hoping. Hope springs eternal for a cheap 100% olive oil but I'm not holding my breath.

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on February 10, 2012
at 12:59 AM

We need to talk about this issue MUCH more than we do so thanks for starting a discussion about an very important subject. Too many are being duped into using oils they would never choose to use knowingly.

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F2cd77a6d2133ca3ae5b4353c4047577

on February 10, 2012
at 03:39 AM

The stuff produced over in Europe and especially Italy is HIGHLY regulated.

I realize it won't help you with your Amazon purchase, but when you're at the store, look for bottles with one of these labels:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protected_designation_of_origin

Ideally, your target brand will say "cold-pressed". Personally, I favor Colavita as a balance between economics and quality.

If in doubt (from Wikipedia):

Simple home tests


Refrigeration

All polyunsaturated oil undergoes a process of rancidity once exposed to oxygen in the air. Monounsaturated and saturated fats will not get rancid. In the colder environment of a refrigerator, this process continues, but at a slower rate. As such, it has become common to refrigerate olive oils. When genuine olive oil is refrigerated, it should become more viscous, that is thicker if not nearly solid. Blended olive oils and non-olive oils posing as olive oil will not solidify when refrigerated, and so the refrigeration test is one (although not conclusive) way to test for purity.

Ignition

Pure olive oil should burn in an oil lamp. In December 2007, as certain Jews attempted to use what they thought was pure olive oil to light the menorah, they discovered it would not burn. New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) followed up by purchasing olive oil products and sending them to New York State???s Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Kosher Law Enforcement for testing. ???The product I purchased last year, was marketed as 100% olive oil, but it wouldn???t burn. I lit the menorah, came back and it couldn???t sustain the flame,??? said Hikind. ???It seemed clear that the product was not pure olive oil but was adulterated. Consumers who pay for pure olive oil because they want to do the hiddur mitzvah should not be misled.??? The ignition test however, like the refrigerator test, is not conclusive.

E57d8e182251b61ccc6ada197c359d7e

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on February 24, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Your article is backwards on the burning part. Extra Virgin Olive Oil shouldn't burn. Poor Quality oil will!

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:25 PM

California olive ranch makes the best olive oil I've ever come across commercially. They have a very cool harvesting process as well.

http://www.californiaoliveranch.com/

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

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on February 24, 2012
at 05:20 AM

This is our favorite, too. My partner, who rarely comments on such things really noticed the difference.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

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on October 25, 2012
at 10:40 PM

This is the one I use!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 26, 2012
at 12:14 AM

Best olive oil I've had -- very fresh and olive-y tasting.

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48b2a8e6d223d996957e1adaf8877eff

on February 09, 2012
at 08:48 PM

We love Bariani. Order several times a year from them.

"Today, Bariani Olive Oil is committed in producing an authentic extra virgin olive oil which is raw and once only available thru the turn of the century. Produced in a limited quantity, the olive oil is a registered organic product and with the particular and discriminatory taste of the family, the quality is always guaranteed." http://www.barianioliveoil.com

I have considered trying this kind: http://kasandrinos.com/

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on October 25, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I buy Costco's Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. UC Davis performed tests on a number of store brands of olive oil (both domestic and imported), and Kirkland brand was the only imported brand that passed all three tests for extra virgin quality. You can read a summary of the results here or look at the original results here.

The other brands that received high marks were Corto Olive, California Olive Ranch, and McEvoy Ranch Organic.

The brands that failed the tests were Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli, Filippo Berio, Pompeian, Star, Carapelli, Mezzetta, and Mazzola.

04b157684e2dcfa867ff15db95145652

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on February 18, 2013
at 11:54 PM

I saw that study a few years ago and this has been my go-to brand for EVOO ever since. GREAT price for a great product.

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on February 23, 2012
at 09:53 PM

gydle: most extra-virgin olive oil today is made with centrifuges, not by pressing. This allows for much higher-quality oil, especially in quantity.

The fridge test for olive oil authenticity is unreliable, despite what Wikipedia says, because of variations in the fatty acid profile and triglyceride structure of different oils.

For a handy guide to authentic, high-quality EVOO, see the ???Buyer???s Guide to Olive Oil in North America??? by Tom Mueller, author of the famous New Yorker magazine expos?? on olive oil fraud, and more recently of the excellent book ???Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.???

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on February 12, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Check out my family olive oil that we import straight from southern Greece. www.kasandrinos.com

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on February 10, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Any table olive oil made in the California central valley is great. Stay away from anything imported, especially imported from Italy, because those are usually cut with some other oil and typically NOT from Italy. Also good to know that the terms cold press and first press don't mean anything, since olive oil isn't pressed anymore.

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on February 10, 2012
at 01:16 PM

"olive oil isn't pressed any more" Huh? care to elaborate?

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on February 10, 2012
at 05:12 AM

I get the following from my local store:

Napa Valley Naturals - Organic - Unfilterd - Cold Pressed - EVOO

http://www.oliveoilexperts.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=OliveOilExperts&Product_Code=1111150020&Category_Code=Organic

http://www.napavalleynaturals.com/Organic-Extra-Virgin-Olive-Oil/p/NVN-ORGEVOO

This is our best-selling oil and it's no wonder - it has a delicious, medium bodied flavor that goes well with any food. And best of all, it's organic! When you buy Organic Foods, you will be supporting a system of agriculture committed to leaving a legacy of clean foods and a healthy soil and Earth.

Third Party Certified Organic, First Cold Pressing, Acidity at Bottling 0.5% or Less, Cold Pressed at Temperatures below 98.5 degrees, Kosher.

Ingredients

100% Cold Pressed Unrefined Third Party Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Contains No Trans Fatty Acids.

Please note: This oil is unfiltered to maximize flavor. Cloudiness may occur under cool conditions.

http://www.napavalleynaturals.com/Reserve-Extra-Virgin-Olive-Oil/p/NVN-RESEVOO

At Napa Valley Naturals, each year our Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil is pressed from olives grown in some of the finest groves in California's Upper Sacramento Valley. We think that this California oil rivals Europe's finest offerings. And so will you! Lot 20 Reserve was pressed this winter in limited quantities. Get it before it's gone!

Limited Release, Winter Harvest, First Cold Pressing, Acidity at Bottling 0.5% or Less, Cold Pressed at Temperatures below 98.5 degrees, Kosher.

Ingredients

100% Cold Pressed Unrefined Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Contains No Trans Fatty Acids.

Please note: This oil is unfiltered to maximize flavor. Cloudiness may occur under cool conditions. For best results store in cool dark place. Do not refrigerate.

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on February 09, 2012
at 10:00 PM

Maison Orphee. It is an unrefined virgin organic olive oil. Delicious. However I would never cook with olive oil, only for making salad dressings and such. Coconut oil has a higher smoke point and is way more versatile.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I grew up eating Lebanese food, and my mother and I noticed that the Costco/Kirkland brand is actually pretty good quality.

Also, if you have a Greek or Arab grocery nearby, sometimes they make it on site and it's excellent.

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on February 10, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I don't think the Kirkland is 100% olive oil. I contacted them regarding whether they were 100% olive oil and received no response so I will absolutely not use this brand. I would have been surprised to hear them state they were 100% olive oil but I was hoping. Hope springs eternal for a cheap 100% olive oil but I'm not holding my breath.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on February 10, 2012
at 05:23 PM

I'd be interested to hear if you did ultimately receive any response. Thanks for the info!

04b157684e2dcfa867ff15db95145652

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on February 18, 2013
at 11:52 PM

A study at UC Davis listed Kirkland Organic EVOO as one of the five brands that passed all three samples as extra virgin. http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/news-events/news/files/olive%20oil%20final%20071410%20.pdf

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:22 PM

My favorite: http://www.holiveoil.com/

"Holive Oil is pure, unadulterated, cold press olive oil from the Holy Land. Nothing added, nothing taken away."

Not a fan of the religious bent (it being from Israel / holy land), but I'm a HUGE fan of this olive oil. HUGE. I cannot recommend it enough.

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on February 19, 2013
at 12:38 AM

Quick article that also lists some good and bad olive oils - I keep it on my phone and pull it up from time to time when shopping:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035124_olive_oil_adulterated_canola.html#ixzz1qGa1SgHt

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on February 19, 2013
at 12:28 AM

The controversy over real olive oil is precisely why I no longer bother with it... one less headache. Coconut oil and butter FTW.

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on February 18, 2013
at 10:51 PM

I could write a book about this subject (might someday) Truth is, right now Olive oil is getting a bad rap, and rightly so. The simple fact is olive oil is no different than any other "Food" commodity. You can look at beef, chicken, seafood, dairy or anything else out there and a majority of the product is to serve one purpose: TO MAKE MONEY. There are a select few of us out there in each industry that are doing things right and focusing on quality over quantity/profit. Olive oil is very easy to mix and blend when there is no regulation, the same way cattle farmers feed cows corn and soy.

The #1 thing you can do as an individual is support the people doing it right. I cringe when I see "paleo" people supporting companies like Organicville or spectrum, among many others. You might as well go get your chicken at KFC.

The good thing is there are a lot of great olive oils out there you just need to know where to find them. I recommend you try ours at www.kasandrinos.com or find a good small family producer who focuses on quality We are a small family business owned by my self and my sister Effi who are both Paleo.

Regardless of where you get your EVOO, here are a few things to look for.

  1. Is the bottle clear? if it is, stay away
  2. Is there a Date produced and expiration date on the bottle? KNOW WHEN YOUR OIL WAS PRESSED
  3. Is your EVOO from a major company who buys olives from all over the world then mixes them?
  4. Did your olive oil sit on a shelf in a store exposed to light (which WILL oxidize it)

If you want more of a breakdown, check out the Q&A I did with Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe on their podcast http://balancedbites.com/2012/04/podcast-episode-33-special-edition-the-surprising-truth-about-olive-oil.html

Tony

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on October 25, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Eden Foods. .

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on October 25, 2012
at 07:32 PM

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E57d8e182251b61ccc6ada197c359d7e

on February 24, 2012
at 04:25 AM

Here is a great article about it.

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/786/Is_Your_Olive_Oil_Extra_Virgin.aspx

I just happened to see this yesterday.

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