Olive Oil, an amazing Mediterranean ingredient

Olive Oil is one of the major ingredients on the portuguese cuisine. Traditions are preserved to cook with this amazing ingredient in several salads, meat and fish dishes.

Olive oil is a product that you obtain from the Olive (Olea europaea, from the family of Oleaceae). The tree is traditional on the Mediterranean and it is produced by pressing whole olives.

Olives and Olive Oil in a Dish, Cooking LisbonOlive oil has been used for religious rituals, fuel, medicine, soap-making and skin care application. Food is perhaps the biggest application that it has.

From the Ancient Greek, Roman Cuisine, Egyptians and Portuguese, there is several documents mentioned it.

This village is located 7 km to north of Lisbon, the portuguese capital. The Olive tree has 2852 years according the registrations.

Santa Iria de Azóia, Portugal, Oldest Olive Tree in the World

Nowdays, the portuguese olive oils are one of the best-known worldwide. The top quality extra-virgin oils produced and exported, have highest prices for very different markets (United States of America, Canada, Australia, Brazil, India, Angola, Mozambique and many more).

The oldest olive tree in the World, according a certified international process is located in Santa Iria de Azóia, Portugal  and has 2852 years .

Olive Oil Standards IOC

Extra-Virgin Olive oil – virgin oil production only with higher quality. More than 0,8% free acidity, better taste, fruitiness, without sensory defects.

Virgin Olive Oil – Virgin olive oil production only, lowest quality, acidity up to 1,5% with a good taste;

Refined Olive Oil – it is a olive oil obtained from virgin olive oils, using methods that do not modify the initial glycedic structure. Free acidity, less than 0.3%.

These olive oils are refined using charcoal, other chemical and physical filters. They are mixed with a small amount of virgin-production to improve taste.

Olive Pomace Oil – is a blend of virgin oil with refined pomace olive oil. One of the charactheristics of this product is the neutral flavor, has the same health benefits, but less appreciate for Oilve Oil lovers.

Portugal has an Olive Oil Association. More than 150 olive oil producers associated and much more brands. It is still possible to find very small producers using the oldest techniques to produce this amazing food ingredient.

On Cooking Lisbon, during the Cooking Classes, Market Tours and Private Groups events we use some of the best portuguese olive oils.

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