This is a Collaborative Post.
Deciding which olive oil to buy isn’t always an easy thing to do. I know I’ve spent time looking at labels and trying to decide which is the best option for me. In the past, I’ve always tended to go with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, just because it sounded better, but even I know that’s a naive way to make a decision on food ingredients. I found this infographic intriguing, mostly because it is giving us the information we need, to check on the quality of an oil for ourselves.
I now know that for baking and frying, I’ve been using the wrong oil….which I knew for myself, as I wasn’t happy with it and had switched to Rapeseed for frying, but Extra Virgin for salad dressings, but now I’m keen to try Light Olive Oil for myself for bread making and Pure Olive Oil for frying. If I’m honest, I had no idea, at all, that Oils had such a large range of flavour options. I’d be keen to know which brands sit at which taste level.
I’d always presumed that Italy was the largest producer of Olive Oil for us, here in the UK, so it was a bit of a surprise to find out that it’s actually Spain.
Enjoy, and I hope this helps you as much as it has me.
The full infographic which was created by Jamie’s Italian, is a beautifully crafted visual guide to Olive Oil, that not only gives the different types of oil, but also suggestions on cooking and doing the tasting for ourselves.