|By PR Newswire||
|August 1, 2014 03:05 AM EDT||
BOHEMIA, N.Y., Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Organic olive oil producer Bellucci Premium discusses different types of olive oil labels and the hidden meanings behind these labels.
When a consumer is shopping for olive oil, like Italian olive oil, in the super market, they are faced with a number of decisions. Here is a breakdown of the different things that can appear on an olive oil bottle label and what they really mean.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is the highest grade of olive oil. In order to be extra virgin, the oil must pass a flavor and aroma test from a professional taste panel. It must contain less than 1% oleic acid and cannot be produced using chemical solvents. This grade of oil must always be cold pressed.
Virgin Olive Oil
Virgin olive oil is the second best grade. It must contain 2% acidity and is rarely found in stores.
Light or Extra-Light
Many are thrown off by the word "light", as it has commonly became synonymous with meaning "low calorie." This is not the case in olive oil. Almost all olive oils have 14 grams of fat and 120 calories per tablespoon. The light or extra-light oils are refined and suffer from a loss of aroma, flavor and health benefits.
Pure, Pomace, or Olive Oil
This oil is made with heat and solvents, and is categorized as refined oil.
First Cold Press
"First cold press" means that the olives were crushed one time, remaining the freshest and fruitiest. The word "cold" refers to the temperature that the olives did not exceed during the process, which is 86°F. All extra virgin olive oil is first cold pressed. However, not all first cold pressed olive oil signifies high quality authentic oil.
Olive oil's flavor can break down and become rancid if it becomes too old, which is generally no more than two years. Freshness is one of the most important qualities in olive oil because it signifies flavor and aroma.
Certifies that the oil has passed chemistry and sensory criteria.
Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.
Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, Bellucci Premium, 855-347-4228, [email protected]
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