Bellucci Premium Comments on How to Pick the Perfect Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Following an article that shares tips on how to choose an extra virgin olive oil, Bellucci Premium comments on the importance of harvest date labeling.

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Bellucci Premium reacts to an article that explains the proper ways to distinguish and purchase extra virgin olive oil.

According to an August 16th article published by the SFGate titled “Extra virgin olive oil buying guide,” it can be difficult to pick the proper extra virgin olive oil when shopping. Stores typically shelve extra virgin olive oil with other oils, which can make it hard to decipher.

The article offers these guidelines to help choose the best kind of extra virgin olive oil:

  •     Acidity levels - The label should say extra virgin olive oil on it. Make sure this is correct by confirming the acidity level. The acidity level of the extra virgin olive oil should be less than 0.5%, or less than 0.8% on imported olive oils.
  •     Labeling - Ignore phrases like ‘first cold press,’ which is a term for a process that has since been superseded.
  •     Harvest date - Always looks for a harvest date. According to the article, “If you can only find a "best by" date, it should be no longer than two years out. Because the fruitiness of the oil will decline over time, use the oil within a year of the harvest date.”

Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Bellucci Premium, says that it is always important to have a harvest date on the bottle. “The harvest date ensures customers of the oil’s freshness,” she says. “At Bellucci Premium, we mark each of our bottles with a harvest date and a best by date so that our customers are assured that their bottle of extra virgin olive oil is fresh.”

  •     Dark colored bottle - In order to keep extra virgin olive oil from oxidizing and becoming rancid, make sure the bottle is made of dark glass. If the extra virgin olive oil is not a dark bottle, it should be placed in a container that blocks out the light.
  •     Country of origin - Make sure that the extra virgin olive oil is from the country that it claims to be. Sometimes oil will be labeled from one country, but in reality it will contain a mixture of olives from many countries. “If you check the back of a Bellucci Premium extra virgin olive oil bottle, you will find a bottle lot number,” says Sexenian. “Customers can use our traceability app to see where the olives in their bottle of extra virgin olive oil are from.”

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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