Bellucci Premium Lists the Top 5 Characteristics to Look for When Shopping for Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Organic olive oil producer Bellucci Premium provides a checklist for the 5 most important things to look for when shopping for extra virgin olive oil.

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Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) March 06, 2014

Bellucci Premium, a high quality organic olive oil producer, lists 5 of the most important characteristics to look for when buying extra virgin olive oil, such as Italian olive oil, in order to ensure its quality.

1. Harvest Date: One of the most important things to look for when buying olive oil is the harvest date. This date is different from the date of bottling, and not all bottles of olive oil will include the harvest date. Most harvesting is done from October to March.

2. Cold Pressed: Olive oil can only be classified as ‘extra virgin’ if it has been extracted via cold pressing. When cold pressed, the olive oil retains all of its flavor, aroma, and health benefits. If the oil has not been cold pressed, chemicals and/or heat-producing methods are used that alter the chemistry of the oil, stripping it of its natural attributes.

3. Traceability Capabilities: This allows the customer to trace the olives used in a bottle to a specific region and harvest.

4. Dark Glass Bottle: It is very important to buy extra virgin olive oil that has been packaged in a dark glass bottle. The darkness of the bottle limits the amount of light that enters, which can alter the quality of the oil and cause it to go rancid. Also, avoid plastic containers.

5. Acidity Level: Extra virgin olive oil must have an acidity level of 0.8% or less. Anything over that percentage is not extra virgin.

Bellucci Premium 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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