The world loves olive oil – from Greek olive oil to Italian olive oil to blended olive oil. And, many olive oil lovers seem to prefer Italian olive oil over all others. Just go to the supermarket and you’ll immediately see that many bottles of oil are packaged to make clear their Italian origin. But here’s the deal, when you buy a bottle of oil that says imported olive oil from Italy on the label, you need to check the small print on the label because you may find that what you are really getting is Italian olive oil blended with olive oil from other countries, particularly with premium quality extra virgin olive oil from Greece.
Italy uses and exports more olive oil than its can grow and produce. Natural olive oil from Greece is as good, if not better, than olive oil from many other countries, but it is cheaper to produce. Italian brands buy Greek oil, mix it with their own and sell it to you, quite legally by the way,as Italian product. Greek olive growers grow and press more olives than home consumption can use and so they can sell their excess olives to Italy. The truth be told, if you have ever eaten extra virgin olive oil, you have probably eaten Greek extra virgin olive oil. You just didn’t know it!
Importing and mixing Greek extra virgin olive oil with Italian olive oil has become common commonplace to meet the worldwide demand for healthy and nutritious EVOO. If you take the time to read what it says on the label (and the producer is honest), you may well see that the oil is really a blend of oils from Italy, Greece and other Mediterranean countries like Tunisia. Worse yet, some of the best quality, greatest tasting Greek olive oils, grown with care and love in Greece by Greeks, hand-picked and cold pressed, is being re-packaged and sold as premium Italian olive oil or blended olive oil.
Homer, the most revered of the ancient Greek poets, described olive oil from Greece as being ‘liquid gold’ and Greek olive growers, specializing in getting the best fruit from their rows of dark leaved olive trees take advantage of the glorious climate that Mother Nature bestows upon Greece.
So if you look closely at the label, your bottle of Italian olive oil is probably a mix of oils. And, if Greek olive oil tastes as good (or better) as Italian olive oil, and if Greek olive oil is just as healthy as Italian olive oil, why don’t you just buy Greek olive oil in the first place? Little Angel Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the highest quality oils you will find anywhere. It is real Greek olive oil and a 100% Greek product!
We guarantee it.
Adapted from: http://epochproducts.com/blog/is-your-italian-olive-oil-really-italian/