EVOO is thought to be the healthiest of all olive oils because it is so rich in the antioxidant called polyphenols, and that’s what lends EVOO its anti-inflammatory properties.
certified extra virgin:
- The product must come from the initial pressing of fresh olives, usually within one day of their harvest.
- The free, fatty acid level must be lower than 0.8 percent.
- The oil must be extracted organically, meaning by no mechanical process, and a heat level of fewer than 28 C.
Extra virgin is of the highest grade and is the best tasting most flavourful olive oil. But to keep its fresh flavor, you must store it away from light — in a pantry, for example — and away from heat and air. Keep the lid tight and well-sealed.