The Bible makes repeated references to the sacred olive tree and it’s fruit which is a symbol of wisdom and peace. In ancient times the leaves and branches were made into crowns and the oil used in medicine and as an offering to the gods. In modern times it is widely accepted and appreciated for its nutritional and therapeutic benefits.
The exquisite oils we present come from lands where both the ancient and young olive trees are carefully worked by experienced olive-growing agriculturists.
The process of elaboration begins with the olive tree itself which is carefully monitored and looked after right up until the harvest, which begins in late autumn early winter when the olive is at their very best. On the day of harvesting the olives are immediately taken to the oil mill so as not to lose any of its valuable properties. There, the first cold press is done to extract the juice. This first press is what is commonly known as Extra Virgin olive oil where the aroma, flavour and colour should be perfect and contain the highest concentration of antioxidants and nutrients. Furthermore extra virgin olive oil has been shown to help assist in the absorption of vitamins and can help to reduce circulatory problems. When heated a good, dense olive oil will ‘grow’ in, so less is needed to cook with, in the oven the oil also grows and coating the food in a layer will help retain all the flavours and goodness.
Extra virgin olive oil is a live food, so it’s very important that it is stored correctly. Air, light, heat, humidity, and intense smells can all have a detrimental effect on the oil. It is advised not to fill up a container with new oil if it contains traces of another oil, since it may become rancid. Just as a point of interest an oil that has been stored somewhere too cold is less of a problem (it will appear thicker and cloudy), it can usually be fully restored simply by moving it to a slightly warmer place.
MORE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Extra Virgin olive oil, is rich in vital vitamins A, D, E and K.
It’s a great source of calcium, which helps stimulate bone growth in the children and helps against brittle bones in adults.
Improves the function of the stomach, pancreas and internal organs helping to avoid gastric acids. It is also acts as a gentle laxative and facilitates the expulsion of intestinal parasites.
Improves the control of the arterial pressure and helps to control the glucose levels in blood.
The high amount of polifenoles (a natural antioxidant), in the olive oil helps and prevents degenerative diseases like Alzheimer, and can help fight the aging process by slowing down the cellular death and preventing the formation of carcinogenic substances.
A natural protective and tonic for the skin and hair, which is why it frequently appears in natural remedies and beauty products.
Its fatty acid composition, makes it the food most similar to maternal milk.