Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) February 17, 2014
Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign that is dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil news, discusses how olive oil, such as Tuscan olive oil, can transform the aroma and the flavor of a dish.
Using a high quality extra virgin olive oil, such as organic olive oil, adds a sensory experience to any dish. The use of pure extra virgin olive oil enhances the aspect of ‘food aroma’ and maximizes the bioactive components that will interact with all ingredients and flavors included in a dish. Using pure extra virgin olive oil also ensures the oil retains the maximum bitter-peppery character, which tends to be reduced during cooking. There is a strong interaction of bitter phenols within the oil and other ingredients during cooking, especially if it is carried out in an aqueous acid, such as tomato juice, or it becomes in contact with milk or milk products.
In cooked foods, the final aroma is not the sum of the aromas of the individual raw ingredients, but rather a new creation resulting from the chemical reactions of the ingredients like carbohydrates, protein, and oil. Using olive oil when cooking will not only add rich aroma to a dish, but also distinct, decedent flavor that varies from oil to oil based on the origin of the olives used. Some extra virgin olive oils offer peppery notes, while others are smoother and sweeter.
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.