Flavor Your Life Discusses Some of the Key Parameters in Determining the Value of Olive Oil

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The European Union funded campaign Flavor Your Life discusses the parameters involved in determining the value of olive oil.

Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil industry news, shares some of the parameters involved in determining the quality and the value of olive oil.

The parameters in distinguishing olive oil are important, since you must be certain of its quality in order to determine its value. There are 5 main parameters involved in distinguishing olive oil:

  •     Acidity: Typically the lower the acidity, the higher the value of the oil. There is currently legislation that states that 0.8% is the maximum acidity level before a product can no longer be labeled extra virgin.
  •     Olive Maturity: When olives are harvested before full maturation, the total yield is lower. This results in more expensive oil. However, olives harvested before their full maturation have more accentuated fruity aromas.
  •     Organoleptic Assessment: This refers to the actual taste testing of the olive oil. It is not uncommon for oil that received a perfect assessment to show flaws during organoleptic testing. The result is a downgrade of the product, which means it will also fall in price.
  •     Quantity Available: This applies particularly for oils from a Protected Designation of Origin (DOP). Places that have small areas of cultivation, such as Umbria, fall into this category. These products are valued higher than a product that follows the rules of supply and demand because the raw materials cost more.

Flavor Your Life, a campaign supported by the European Union, Unaprol and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news and health information about European extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil enhances the flavors of your recipes while providing health benefits. Flavor Your Life campaign, the voice of olive oil production quality control, aims to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing olive oil.

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