Italian Olive Oil Producer, Bellucci Premium, Comments on the Importance of Knowing the Differences Between Olive Oils

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Following an article by the Wall Street Journal that details how regions can define the flavors of an olive oil, Bellucci Premium discusses the important things to looks for in an olive oil.

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Bellucci Premium, producer of high-quality extra virgin olive oil, comments on an article that shares how olive oil can differ based on flavor and quality.

According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal on November 20th titled “The Best Olive Oils: For Those Who Want To Buy,” olive oil is similar to wine in that its character is determined by where the olives were grown and harvested.

The article shares how although both wine and olives are defined by where the fruit is grown, olive oil is produced globally while the wine map mostly outlines the Mediterranean. “…olive oil stretches across the globe—further afield one can point to South America, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as producers.”

Extra virgin olive oil, no matter the region, differs from other olive oils because it is made from the first pressing of the olive. It is also considered by the Wall Street Journal to be the “King of oils.” The low acidity level makes it ideal to pour over salads as a dressing because of the delicate flavor.

When it comes to cooking with olive oil, the article recommends pairing options based on the flavor the oil possesses. “Stronger flavored oils, such as those found in central Italy are best for cooked meats or pasta.” For fruits and salads, the article recommends using a more delicate oil. These pairing options are based on the taste of olive oil. Some have grassy and peppery hints while others have a fruity quality.

“When choosing an extra virgin olive oil, it is always important to consider a few factors,” says Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Italian olive oil producer Bellucci Premium. “You always want to make sure the product is fresh. Look for a harvest date on the bottle and try to use it as close to that date as possible. Next you want to make sure it is authentic extra virgin olive oil. Bellucci Premium ensures its customers of the authenticity with their traceability app. This allows customers to see exactly where the olives in their bottle of extra virgin olive oil were grown and harvested. The last thing you want to look for is where the olive oil is from. The region the olive oil is from can make a huge difference in the organoleptic qualities which can enhance flavors of certain dishes.”

Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.

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