How to Identify a High Quality EVOO

October 1, 2021

An extra virgin olive oil is simply the purest form of oil, made with the first press. It hasn’t been tainted with chemicals or high heat. Using extra virgin olive oil means that you are getting the most vitamins, healthy fats, and antioxidants without sacrificing taste and consistency. With so many in the market today, how can you ensure that you are getting high-quality olive oil? You know that Epicurean Olive Oils are always of the highest quality, but if you need to make a quick stop at another store and you’re not sure what brand to go with, we’ve compiled a short guide to help you. 

The Basics

Protection from light: Extra virgin olive oil is more susceptible to damage from light, so it should be kept in the darkest bottle possible. Exposure to UV light causes olive oil to degrade and is a major contributor to it going rancid. You should also go for a glass bottle over plastic. This is why we sell all of our oils in dark glass bottles.

Harvest Date or Best Before: Look for a Best Before or Harvest date. A well-made, well-conserved extra virgin olive oil can last as long as 18 to 24 months, but it is best to be used with 14 months from crush.  We list the harvest date on all of our Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fusti Tags and we are committed to providing the freshest available.  For that reason, our extra virgin olive oils are imported from both hemispheres (Northern and Southern) which produce counter to one another.  This allows us to offer some of the freshest oil available throughout the year.

Price: Extra virgin olive oil costs more to produce, and is a labor of love so you can expect to pay more for it. I like to think of it as a craft, not a production.

Single region/Varietal: Higher quality oils will usually come from a single region and be of a single Varietal. We list the country of origin and Varietal of each of our Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

Quality/certification: In order to have a seal of certification from the California Olive Oil Council or International Olive Council, the oil needs to undergo testing to prove its quality. The product is checked for UV absorption, acidity values, fruitiness, and defects. If the is approved by any of these councils, you know you’re getting a quality oil. There are a number of standards and monitoring practices.  Our Ultra-Premium Olive Oils are certified under the UP standard, which is reserved for the finest extra virgin olive oils in the world. The UP grade exceeds all existing European, Italian, Spanish, Greek, North American, Californian, or any other standard for the grade known as extra virgin olive oil.

Taste: Extra virgin olive oil should taste fresh and fruity with the flavors of healthy fresh olives. Come and experience the difference. Fresh is best!

Choose a High Quality EVOO From Epicurean

Epicurean Olive Oils in Camarillo, CA carries a variety of gourmet olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. From high-quality extra virgin olive oil to fused and infused products from all around the world, you can add a delicious and healthy alternative to your everyday diet. To learn more about the health benefits of olive oil, food pairings, and recipes, visit our website. 

Epicurean Olive Oils
97 E Daily Dr
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 383-6489

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