Bellucci Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil Releases a Statement Regarding News of Olive Oil Being Used to Preserve Ancient Buildings

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Following an article about olive oil being used to preserve decaying ancient buildings, Bellucci Premium releases a statement.

On February 7, 2013, Bellucci Premium extra virgin olive oil releases a statement following an NPR article by Philip Reeves regarding the news of olive oil being used to preserve decaying buildings that have been around for hundreds of years.

According to the NPR article, British scientists and archaeologists have been researching solutions to preserve the ancient decaying cathedrals of England and it seems that olive oil is a promising solution.

The article states that, “The medieval craftsmen who built York Minster used rock from a nearby quarry. It's a type of limestone particularly vulnerable to damage by atmospheric pollution.” The article mentions that Karen Wilson of Cardiff University in Wales is the head of a research team that is searching for a protective coating to reserve the cathedral with and olive oil is one of the coatings being tested.

According to Wilson, “The nice thing with oleic acid [olive oil's main component], is that it has one end ... which will selectively react with the stone, and then the other end — which is a very long hydrocarbon chain — will give you the hydrophobic properties to repel the water."

Natalie Sexenian, Marketing Manager at Bellucci Premium extra virgin olive oil, offers her comments on the interesting news involving olive oil. “This is an interesting use for olive oil, but a positive use for it nonetheless,” said Sexenian. “This just goes to show the many great uses for olive oil, including a healthy way to fry foods and cook meals.”

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. Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, that offers a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. The third type of oil Bellucci offers is the world’s finest Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown only by Italian growers in many different regions of Italy.


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