Mix & Blend are big fans of olive oil, and we have searched high and low for the best Greek olive oil for our products, and it’s no wonder the Greeks are known for their olive oil.
Fossilized olive leaves believed to be from 50,000 to 60,000 years old have been found on the Greek islands of the Aegean. The systematic cultivation of olives trees is said to have begun on the island of Crete in Neolithic times. This tells you that Greek ties to the olive tree run very deep indeed.
In fact, Greece is one of the top three olive oil-producing countries in the world, and best Greek olive oil is indisputably the finest, but before you go grab the first bottle or tin you find off the market shelf, here are a few things to consider. All oil — especially Greek olive oil — is not created equally and you need to look for a good colour, taste and smell.
Green oil is usually a product of green olives, harvested before ripening. It’s highly prized in some circles. Golden-yellow olive oil is generally the product of olives that have been allowed to ripen longer. Both green and golden-yellow oils can be extra virgin oils. Olive oil can also be cloudy if it has not settled. This isn’t necessarily an indication of poor quality.
When tasting olive oils, a bitter or sharp taste usually indicates that the olives weren’t ripe yet when they were picked. Oil made from ripe olives has a mild, fruity taste. However, taste is entirely a matter of preference and oils made from both unripened and ripened olives have wide appeal.
Apart from being delicious, olive oil has many benefits, read our article by Diana Jenkins to find out more.
Product is packaged in a glass bottle.