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Olives and Health

The olive is a brave little fruit; it has to survive until the early days of winter as it is so hard for a berry to manufacture oil instead of the usual sugars.

The medical literature is full of good news about the “Mediterranean Diet” and the lower risks for cancer and heart disease that it offers.  Olive oil, fish, fresh vegetables, fruit and wine are the main effective ingredients. EVOO [-Extra Virgin Olive Oil] has already been shown to reduce the risk for breast cancer and coronary heart disease. “Virginity” is an old term that means the fruit was of good quality, handled carefully and the oil extracted within hours of picking, nowadays this is measured as acidity, to be EVOO the maximum acidity allowed is 0.8%, we usually show 0.22% or less.

See our tips for cooking with Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

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