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Olive oil for cooking.

The olive is one of the biggest crops in the world. It is an important staple ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean diet is high in fats such as cheese, and wild caught fish. Most olive oil has unfortunately been modified and quality is hard to find. They have been blended with imitation oils, chemicals, genetically modified, or low quality.

The olive is considered a drupe/stone fruit, fruits in which carries a seed surrounded by fleshy outer covering like cherries, peaches, and plums.


Olives are not usually eaten right off the tree because they are very bitter.

A large portion of the crop is used to make olive oil, and are cured and fermented to reduce bitterness.

Olive oil is used to make a simple vinaigrette dressing for a salad. Olive oil also balances the acidity in high-acid foods, like tomatoes, vinegar, wine, and lemon juice. Olive oil is used  as a cooking medium, in cosmetic products,                                                 

The flavor and color of the olive oil depending on the region and the type of olives used. Whether the olives are harvested early or when they’re more mature can also make a difference in the flavor and color. Golden-yellow or dark green Olive oil is a better alternative to frying foods, it is mostly monounsaturated fat.

Olive oil has 5 grades to be categorized.

Extra virgin olive oil is the highest grade of olive oil but has the lowest smoke point at around 380 degrees, it is known to have a superior taste and good for finishing (vinaigrette). Extra virgin olive oil is the natural extracted juice from fresh olives.

Virgin olive oil is slightly less in quality it has a high smoke point of 410 degrees, it is best used for sauteing or pan frying.

Refined Olive Oil is labeled “pure olive oil” or just “olive oil” are usually a blend of refined olive oils and virgin olive oil. The refining process removes aroma and flavor and even natural antioxidants. Artificial antioxidants need to be added to give the refined oil a reasonable shelf life.

Extra light olive oil has the same nutrition but less flavor it is excellent for baking. “Cold-pressed first” olive oil is richer in flavor and polyphenols (fat-soluble antioxidants).

There are many uses for this everyday ingredient, olive oil promotes weight loss, benefits the human cardiovascular system. Tested rich in anti-inflammatory properties, It is very rich in antioxidants, Vitamin K, Vitamin E which is good for eyesight and skin. Proven studies to prevent strokes, heart disease, may help reduce pain and is used to treat arthritis. Also has been recognized to reduce the risk of cancer, and has antibacterial properties. I use olive oil for the chimney starter, it is easy to fire up the grill. It is used in cosmetic products and benefits the growth of hair, skin, and nails. It is also used as a massage oil and a polish for wood or leather furniture. Olive oil preserves your foods!

Spain and Italy are known for being the largest commercial growers in the world.

There are various olive trees but all belong to the botanical category Olea Europaea.

This tree is banned in Clark County due to its excessive production of pollen. Las Vegas has a big pollen problem and it is illegal to plant the European olive tree, you may only plant the fruitless tree.

The harvesting of olives in California is mostly used to manufacture Olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil has to meet standards set by The Olive oil commision of California(OOCC), and the International Olive oil Counsel(IOOC). If standards are met the olive oil is certified “Extra Virgin” by the California Olive oil Counsel(COOC). The quality of the olive oil is just as important as picking a good wine.

Daniel Marin

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Olive oil is produced first crushing olives into a paste. The paste is macerated mechanically or chemically and then centrifuged to separate the oil and water from the solids. The water is then removed, leaving olive oil as product.

The flavor and color of the olive oil depend on the region and type of olives used. Whether the olives are harvested early or when they’re more mature can also make a difference in the flavor and color. Golden-yellow, or dark green Olive oil is a better alternative to frying foods, it is mostly monounsaturated fat.

Olive oil has 5 grades to be categorized. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest grade of olive oil but has the lowest smoke point at around 380 degrees, it is known to have a superior taste and good for finishing (vinaigrette). Extra virgin olive oil is the natural extracted juice from fresh olives.

Virgin olive oil is slightly less in quality it has a high  smoke point of 410 degrees, it is best used for sauteing or pan frying .

Refined Olive Oil are labeled “pure olive oil” or just “olive oil” are usually a blend of refined olive oils and virgin olive oil.The refining process removes aroma and flavor and even natural antioxidants. Artificial antioxidants need to be added to give the refined oil a reasonable shelflife.

Extra light olive oil has the same nutrition but less flavor it is excellent for baking. “Cold pressed first” olive oil is richer in flavor and polyphenols (fat soluble antioxidants).

There are many uses for this everyday ingredient, olive oil promotes weight loss, benefits the human cardiovascular system.Tested rich in anti- inflammatory properties, It is very rich in antioxidants,Vitamin K, Vitamin E which is good for eyesight and skin. Proven studies to prevent strokes, heart disease, may help reduce pain, and is used to treat arthritis. Also has been recognized to reduce the risk of cancer, and has antibacterial properties. I use olive oil for the chimney starter, it is easy to fire up the grill. It is used in cosmetic products and benefits the growth of hair, skin, and nails. It is also used as a massage oil and a polish for wood or leather furniture. Olive oil  preserves your foods!

Spain and Italy are known for being the largest commercial growers in the world.

There are various olive trees but all belongs to the botanical category Olea Europaea.

This tree is banned in Clark County due to its excessive production of pollen. Las Vegas has a big pollen problem and it is illegal to plant the european olive tree, you may only plant the fruitless tree.

The harvesting of olives in California is mostly used to manufacture Olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil has to meet standards set by the The Olive oil commision of California(OOCC), and the International Olive oil Counsel(IOOC). If standards are met the olive oil is certified “Extra Virgin” by the California Olive oil Counsel(COOC). The quality of the olive oil is just as important as picking a good wine.

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