Top 3 Extra Virgin Olive Oils & Reviews

WHAT IS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (EVOO)?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the most flavorsome and the highest-grade olive oil, as it has had minimal processing and made from the very first pressing of olives. The color of Extra Virgin Olive Oil can vary from greenish yellow to golden green depending on the variety of olives that are used and the climate they were grown in.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is in a way,  similar to wine. Like wine, Olive oil has a complex variety of flavors, with a perfect balance of fruit, spice and pepper flavor in your mouth.

Unfortunately, not all EVOOs are created equal, so while some claim to be extra virgin, they are in fact regular olive oil or even worse – they’re  are cut with cheap vegetable oils. Read more… 

My Top 3 Extra Virgin Olive Oils & Reviews blog goal is to give you valuable info and tips, to help you make the right choice.

IS YOUR EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL FAKE? HOW TO TEST IT?

Unfortunately, you can’t simply go by taste alone (Read more…). So, how could you test it?

  1. One of the tests is: to put your extra-virgin olive oil in the refrigerator. Real EVOO ought to become thick and cloudy as it cools completely. It should be noted, however, that this is not a fail-proof test. Some adulterated oils may also become thick and cloudy in the refrigerator when they mostly contain olive & less seed oil. If, however, the oil you put in the fridge fails to thicken at all, then it’s certain that it’s fake!
  2. Extra-virgin olive oil ought to be flammable enough to keep an oil lamp burning. Again, this isn’t a fail-proof test – for the same reasons as above mentioned.

WHICH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TO BUY?

Since no completely fail-proof test exists, here’s what I do to know I’m getting a good oil: I know my farmer. He is my friend and his farm has been growing and producing high-quality, authentic olive oils for more than 50 years. My advice is to buy locally, from a farmer you can get to know and trust.

If you don’t have any local olive growers near you, I suggest you to have a look at my TOP 3 EVOOs choice available on World market. Don’t buy EVOO before you read this!

MY TOP 3 EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OILS & REVIEWS 

1. GAEA – FRESH Kritsa Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 17 oz.

Geaea Fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Size: 17-ounce bottle

My rating: 94 out of 100

Pros

-GAEA Fresh has great taste and aroma

– It has an excellent reputation in both Greek and World market

–  American “Cooks illustrated” after research that was including 1.000 olive oil samples has highlighted the GAEA Fresh as “Americas best premium EVOO”.

-Gaea has triumphed in the European Business Awards, in the import-export category (2013). It was the 1st Greek company to win in this prestigious competition. The judging committee chose GAEA amongst 15.000 companies from 34 European countries.

–  Gaea ‘s EVOOs are the 1st Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the World that have been certified Carbon Neutral!  (environmentally friendly EVOOs)

Gaea – Fresh Kritsa Extra Virgin Olive Oil  is the 1st Olive Oil in the world that guarantees:

-that it is from the press within 3 hours of harvest

– has 2-“Vintage” harvest date declaration (like precious wines)

– 3-Sensory profile analysis and

– it’s produced in a Limited edition,  with numbered bottles for each harvest.

Cons

– High price

Although this product has a high price, it’s still my No1. This price goes with the superb product and highest rewards. If you don’t compromise on quality, this should be your choice!  Product features…

Gaea Fresh Kritsa EVOO
  • 98%
    Organoleptic properties (taste, aroma, etc.) - 98%
  • 98%
    Quality (chemical & other test results) - 98%
  • 86%
    Price - 86%
94%

Summary

Gaea has an excellent reputation in both Greek and World market. Gaea brand has triumphed in the European Business Awards, in the import-export category (2013). It was the 1st Greek company to win in this prestigious competition. The judging committee chose GAEA amongst 15.000 companies from 34 European countries.

2.PJ KABOS, 2017 GOLD Medal Winner

PJ KABOS EVOO, 2017 GOLD Medal Winner

 

 

Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Size: 500ml bottle

My rating: 93 out of 100

Pros

  • This is also a winning product
  • It has fruity, awesome taste
  • For some people, it is “the best on the Planet”

Cons

  • It’s pricey, but, the price is equivalent to this product Top quality

Product features….

If you’d like to buy an extraordinaire product with a lower price, I would suggest this one:

3. KASANDRINOS ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN GREEK OLIVE OIL

KASANDRINOS Organic Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil

 

Place to Buy: Amazon.com

Size: 16,9 Floz tin

My rating: 93 out of 100

 

Pros

  • It is from 100-year-old 100% organic, non-GMO family Kasandrinos orchards, on Peloponnese
  • From olives pressed within 48 hours of harvest, PALEO and PGI certified
  • It’s perfectly flavorful and slightly spicy
  • And… with a great price!

Cons

  • I cannot find any…
  • It is in 3rd place on my list, only because it’s not a winning product as previous ones.

Product features….

 

 

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