BEST OLIVE OIL
IN THE WORLD
This may come as a shock, but that well-known brand of olive oil you've been buying at the supermarket for the past several years could be imposter.
The olive oil industry is shady—we’re talking tampering, sneaky scams, and widespread conspiracies. Much of the world’s olive oil production and marketing is controlled by an “agro mafia,” also known as the “olive oil mafia,” which has been selling us bottles of lies. In a 2016 investigative report on CBS’s 60 Minutes, experts estimated that as much as 80% of oil labeled as “extra virgin olive oil” on grocery store shelves isn’t what it claims to be.
Sounds more like a movie plot than the truth, right?
It’s time to get past the smoke and mirrors the olive oil industry has put in place and find an olive oil that’s everything it claims to be. If you care about the food you eat and want to get your hands on the best olive oil in the world—pure, unadulterated extra virgin olive oil that tastes great and contains important health benefits—keep reading.
The Olive Oil Mafia
To ensure the quality and authenticity of your olive oil, start doing your due diligence. Before you buy, research olive oil brands to learn more about their ingredients and their manufacturing process; it’s a little extra work, but it’s worth it to find the best product. Many of the bottles labeled as “extra virgin olive oil” that you find in the grocery store contain either very low-grade olive oils or worse—poor-quality vegetable oils in disguise. Yep. Even those produced by big, reputable companies and those that claim to be DOP-protected.
The olive oil mafia is notorious for cutting olive oil with cheap vegetable oils like sunflower, canola, and safflower, which they dye and flavor to taste like the real deal. The end product may contain no olive oil at all. Aside from the egregious dishonesty, what’s frustrating about this is that health-conscious buyers who strive to be careful about what they put in their bodies are unknowingly ingesting a substance that contains no nutritional value—or may even be harmful to their health.
Your secret weapon to a healthier you!
Poor-quality oils masquerading as extra virgin olive oil can cause inflammation in the body, whereas pure, high-quality extra virgin olive oil is abundant in polyphenols, a potent antioxidant that can help protect your body against oxidative stress and inflammation.
How to Source the Best Olive Oil in the World
Luckily, you can take steps to ensure the extra virgin olive oil you purchase is the real deal. Sourcing the best olive oil in the world is worth the time and effort it takes to track it down. Here are the most important elements to look for in your search for an extra virgin olive oil brand you can trust:
As we’ve just explained, the presence of the phrase “extra virgin olive oil” on a label is no guarantee of quality. However, the absence of that phrase is a red flag. Pass over any olive oil brand that avoids that phrase in favor of language like “light,” “pure,” or just plain “olive oil” on its label.
Pure extra virgin olive oil is simply the juice of fresh, healthy olives—nothing more. To make sure that’s what your bottle contains, do some digging. Find out how the brand in question makes their oil and make sure no funky chemicals or additives are involved in the processing.
Some olive oil companies use poor storage practices that expose their products to light, oxygen, or extreme temperatures—which means their oils can oxidate and go rancid very quickly; other companies sell oil that’s been sitting around for a year or more after processing. Old and oxidized oils taste bad and have little nutritional value. For best results, look for an olive oil company with a tree to table mentality and a strict policy of using only freshly-picked olives in their product. High-quality olive oil is made from olives that have been crushed within hours of picking, so look for confirmation of that on the label or on the company’s website. To know exactly when the oil was made, check for a harvest date somewhere on the bottle.
The ultimate level of quality of any olive oil can only be as high as the quality of the olives that go into it. Make sure the company that produces your extra virgin olive oil takes excellent care of their olive groves and grows their trees from seedlings to ensure they stay healthy throughout their entire lifespan. Healthy trees produce healthy olives, which may then be turned into the world’s highest-quality extra virgin olive oil.
If the company that produces your extra virgin olive oil can’t guarantee purity, freshness, and quality, their product is not worth your money.
Delicate aromas of fresh-cut grass and sweet tropical fruits. Medium bitterness. Rich and creamy on the palate. This oil will pair best with any floral infusions or complex blends of herbs.
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Fragrant aromas of tomato bush and fig leaf. Sharp notes of green olives. A fine balance of bitter and peppery flavors. Clean and bright on the palate. This oil will hold up well to your boldest flavor combinations and hottest peppers.
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Finding the Best Olive Oil in the World
When it comes to money, though, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll have to break the bank to buy the best olive oil in the world. In fact, Cobram Estate produces very affordable extra virgin olive oil that meets all of the above criteria.
At Cobram Estate, we promise our extra virgin olive oil contains nothing but pure oil from the healthiest olives. Our impeccably-maintained olive groves in Australia and California allow us to take advantage of two olive harvests per year, which means our extra virgin olive oil travels swiftly from our trees to your table to ensure freshness and flavor.
While it’s a shame the olive oil industry has seen so much corruption, keep in mind that you still have access to the healthiest, freshest, purest extra virgin olive oil in the world at your fingertips. When you take the time to be discerning about the oil you buy, know that you’re supporting honest companies that are doing their best to provide you with a delicious and essential ingredient. And really, who wouldn’t want to get their hands on some of that?