Christina Georgina wrote:Karen, as far as I'm concerned some of the very best olive oils out there now are from California. Unless you know the grower and processor in Italy, you are likely not getting your moneys worth. The Tuscan branch of my family grows their own olives and one of their in laws operates the mill where they take the olives to make oil, just enough for the family for a year. Absolutely nothing commercial will compare to that freshness and purity. That is my gold standard and California oil is the closest.
Of course, the best thing of all is to have an olive tree or two on your property, to harvest the olives yourself, and to supervise the pressing. But few of us in the USA outside of California have that luxury.
Christina Georgina wrote:Agree with all of Paul's comments. Most recently, buying Corto. Packed in a bag in a box with a spigot making total sense for limiting light and oxygen.
I buy Portugese and Spanish and Italian only if label states that all olives grown on the property, pressed and bottled there and with a harvest date.
Jenise wrote:Wonder if the Tuscan oil Costco carries is verified unadulterated? Sure smells and tastes like EVOO.
Mark Lipton wrote:My major problem is that I don't think that Tuscan olives oils are of high quality for the most part. I much prefer EVOO from Sicily or Spain to what I've tried from Tuscany (for that matter, CA EVOO is also superior often times).
Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:Mark Lipton wrote:My major problem is that I don't think that Tuscan olives oils are of high quality for the most part. I much prefer EVOO from Sicily or Spain to what I've tried from Tuscany (for that matter, CA EVOO is also superior often times).
I also prefer French or Spanish oil to Italian. I have not made enough effort to try Greek, Moroccan, etc.
Mark Lipton wrote: I much prefer EVOO from Sicily or Spain to what I've tried from Tuscany (for that matter, CA EVOO is also superior often times).
Carrie L. wrote:Sicilian is far and away my favorite. Seems whenever I am in a good restaurant and just LOVE their olive oil, it's from Sicily. Currently, I'm using one from Trader Joe's "Trader Giotto's" Sicilian EVOO. It says, "Product of Italy" on the label and has a "best before date," with another code under that. Loos like a lot number with a time stamp. I'm thinking it's legit. It tastes wonderful. Here's what the copy on the label says:
This is no ordinary olive oil. Trader Giotto's Sicilian Selezione Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a blend of oils from three types of olives - Biancolilla, Ogghiaredda and Cerasuola - grown, harvested and pressed on the island of Sicily. We personally selected this blend of oils from the current harvest to create a one-of-a-kind oil that's a little green and wonderfully buttery, with a distinctive peppery finish. Use it to dress salads, brush it on grilled vegetables, or serve it as a dip for your favorite crusty bread.
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