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Olive Oil - World's Biggest Scam?

JasperJasper Posts: 378
edited January 2012 in EggHead Forum
Is the extra virgin olive oil in your pantry really olive oil or a bunch of chemicals?
That business is among the most crooked, most rife with fraud of any in
the food world. Bottom line: Everything you know about olive oil is
wrong. It’s apparently so bad, you can’t even be sure that you’re
getting actual olive oil inside your bottle of olive oil.

Comments

  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,101
    Had me worried there for a bit ... checked my bottle ... it is Bertolli looks, smells and tastes real to me!
    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
  • Wow !  Thanks for the heads up.  I'll be visiting Whole Foods or Central Market today.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    Gary CM has its own brand it sells. I keep it for my better and some less expensive for general use. How do we find out what is real and good?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • I don't know, Mickey.  WPB posted a place in California that he highly recommends.  I might give them a try.  As for locally, I bet Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma will have some high end stuff, but you'll pay through the nose, I'm sure.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,504
    Gary I use the CM stuff and I like it. I can't tell you if it is real good as now not sure if I have had real good?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Maybe that's why my cannelloni tastes like burritos.   :-&
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • nemonemo Posts: 105
    I get my olive oil from CM. It's pressed in Spain from Hojiblanca olives (at least thats what the label says). It's a CM branded product...and is not expensive...perhaps $9 for 500ml. Best of all, I like the taste!
    Fairview, Texas
  • I just got back from Nundini's, a local small Italian deli and market.  I talked with the REAL Italian owner.  I opened with "I read that the entire olive oil industry is corrupt".  He said, "No, only 80%".  Then, he showed me 3 high end brands he has.  He also had others, but said they aren't good.  The brand I bought was Academia Barilla D.O.P. Riviera Ligure.  He said to look for D.O.P. (whatever that means).  The bottle comes wrapped in gold foil.  I have read that olive oil should be kept in the dark.  It wasn't cheap - $32.46 for 750ml.  

    I am looking forward to tasting real olive oil .... perhaps for the first time.  Thanks again, Jasper, for the link to the article.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • galengalen Posts: 53

    Aloha:  My Daughter in Law gave me a book for Christmas titled:  "The Passionate Olive" by Carol Firenze

    I just finished the book and if you are at all interested in the finer details of olive oil I highly recommend this book

    If you don't have time for the book you might wish to check out a website for the California Olive Oil Council.

    Lots of information on olives and olive oil.  I learned a lot.  Good reading and good tasting.

    Aloha

  • Village Idiot,  I'll bet DOP stands for something like Domain of Origin guaranteed.  I found this:

    http://www.all-about-olive-oil.com/italian-olive-oil-benefits-dop-certification
    The Naked Whiz
  • You're right, Whiz.  After reading your link, I looked at the bottle I bought.  It had the symbol showed in the article and the words Protected Designation of Origin.  Apparently, if you see D.O.P., you can be assured that your olive oil is good stuff.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • JasperJasper Posts: 378
    I'm also going to have to try some good olive oil! The COOC site has a list of certified olive oils and winners from competitions.
  • @ Mickey and Gary.  Here is a link for a olive oil producer near Wimberly.  We have been to his place several time and like what he produces.  He is also very knowledgeable about the variety he grows
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
  • Thanks, Joan.  Obviously, I would much rather buy Texan, but this is starting to look like a complicated process.  I will definitely try the Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley, but also the Italian and California places I've found.
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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • Gary try Frantoia olive oil.  It is not cheap, but it is good.  You can find it at CM all of the time and Whole Wallet most of the time.  The bottle list both an expiration date and the press date.  It is unfiltered, so don't let the sediment at the bottom be a concern.  
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
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