Flavor Your Life Provides an In-Depth Explanation of the Olive Oil Production Process

The European Union funded campaign Flavor Your Life, which is dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil news, gives the public a glance into the world of Italian olive oil production.

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Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) February 24, 2014

Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign that is dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil news, provides an in-depth explanation of the olive oil production process, such as Italian olive oil production.

Olive oil production calls for the extraction of oil from the olive fruit. The actual olive oil is contained in the cells of the olive’s pulp. The conversion takes place in a facility referred to as an oil mill, which involves a pulp mill and an extraction process. The pulp mill is where the grinding and crushing of the olive fruit’s cell walls and the draining of its juices takes place. Olive paste is created by this process, which is composed of oil, water, and solids from the olive fruit. Then, kneading, which is the mixing of the olive paste with additional water, is completed.

After kneading, the next step is extraction. Extraction’s purpose is to separate the liquid water-oil emulsion from the solids, known as the pomace, which consists of skins, pulps, seeds, and fragments of olive pits.

The next step is water-oil emulsion. Water-olive emulsion will produce a solid residue, known as sludge, which remains in suspension in the emulsion. Finally, separation of the olive oil from the water is performed and the olive oil is ready for bottling.

The production of extra virgin olive oil varies from other oil grades by its purity and lack of pressure and/or chemicals used. When using pressure or chemicals that create heat, the chemistry of the olive oil changes and the oil loses much of its flavor and health benefits. Cold pressed olive oil, a process used with extra virgin olive oils, ensures full aroma, flavor, and health benefits.

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.