It’s funny how as you get older the gifts you get for Christmas become so simple, yet they bring the most enjoyment. Yesterday, I exchanged Christmas gifts (late I know) with a group of my girlfriends. It was a white elephant Christmas so, of course you never know what you are going to get. This year, I got 100% extra virgin olive oil! Now, I know you’re probably like WTH what kind of gift is that? But, this is actually a really awesome gift.
Did you know that 70% of olive oil that is purchased by consumers is actually not really 100% olive oil? The majority of the olive oil on the market today has actually been cut with low grade oils from other plants.
The crazy thing about this fact is that its almost impossible to tell whether or not your olive oil is the real thing. Multiple tests have been conducted to determine if you can tell, and the truth is you really can’t tell.
Solid as a Rock
Some researchers say that you can tell by putting your olive oil in the refrigerator and if it becomes solid then its real. LIES! Even if the olive oil is cut with other oils, it will still solidify when cold… NEXT!!!!
Burn Baby Burn
It has been said that if you dip a piece of wick in olive oil and then burn it, the wick will stay lit and burn without producing any noticeable smoke. However, there are numerous oils that can keep wick lit just as well as 100% olive oil. So, if the olive oil is cut with a good burning oil then… you get the picture.
100% olive oil should have a grassy smell to it, or so they say. But to me, all olive oil smells the same… LIKE NOTHING. When you taste 100% olive oil, it is supposed to leave you with a peppery taste towards the back of your tongue. Again, all olive oil tastes the same to me. Whether its real or fake I get the same end result when it comes to taste. So, we’ve stumbled yet again on an unreliable EVOO test.
How to Get the Real Deal
So how can you get the real deal when it comes to olive oil? Honestly, your best bet is to buy your olive oil from a local farmer. If you can’t find a local farmer that sells olive oil, there are still other options to be sure you are getting the real thing. Just like Birchbox and Club W, there are subscription services that will deliver 100% EVOO to your door. Fresh Pressed Olive Oil will deliver 3 large bottles of Supreme Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your home for $124 or 3 small bottles for $87 per quarter. While that may seem expensive to some (definitely too rich for me) people, it is actually a good value and you also know exactly what you are putting into your body.
So what do I think? I think I will be buying this Robust Olive Oil from Walmart $68 for a pack of six. Its 100% olive oil and it wont break my pockets. In the future, I will definitely be paying more attention to the label when I go to buy olive oil from other stores.