It has a bitter chemical taste. It’s the law. Costco whould provide anyone with the company they use who provides the olive oil. It’s extremely expensive. It was upside down from what was healthiest, with dairy and meat the most important. Olive oil is what I use for a salad dressing and only at the Farmer’s Market where I know the Olive Orchard is an hour drive away. Once I bought the Lebanese olive oil, I never look back. Sorry to say those are the most likely to be adulterated. We need vendors with integrity….. For a handy guide to authentic, high-quality EVOO, see the “Buyer’s Guide to Olive Oil in North America” by Tom Mueller, author of the famous New Yorker magazine exposé on olive oil fraud, and more recently of the excellent book “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil:” I may have slightly overstated things when I quoted $15-17 for 17 oz, but I’m also very surprised you found COR oil for as little as you say: check out the prices company’s online store for instance: I assumed the bitterness was from the cucumbers. Thank you so much for responding and including how to research these liquid golds! I have one stent, and pray that I can find out how to clear my arteries so I can get off the medicine! How do we know that if we stored California oil for 1.5 year more it would pass all the tests? Are you saying the Colavita brand in American grocery stores are fakes pawned off on buyers for our grocery stores? I read the whole test regarding Flippo Berio as a pass because i dont relly on subjective method in such delicate subject us taste. It does not taste at all like olives. Just two things 1) The Mediterranean diet has been proved scientifically to be the healthiest and the most balanced among all diets (reference? But huge additional concern regarding this study is that people who were managing the study did not disclose their relationship with any oil producing company, including Caligornia olive oil producing industry. I wonder if buyers for large retailers are really that naive. My grandmother a.k.a YiaYia is now 107 and still lucid and has mobility. I also used black seed oil for my diet. Andriy: Not sure where you got the impression that Filippo Berio met Extra Virgin standards, but it didn’t: in the 2010 UC Davis study, 66% of sampled bottles failed; in the 2011 followup, 83% failed. The flavor is very bitter and strongly hot or peppery. So, I assume this is legit. Canola oil is NEVER a decent choice for humans or animals. etc. Even Mark Twain told a story of overhearing two businessmen at the table next to him in a restaurant bragging about how they take cheap cottonseed oil and ship it to Italy. In any case, in the second, larger study, all of the oils failed at least one chemical test: in fact, nearly all of them failed K268 alone! Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals and thyroid gland. As a parent. Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: $14.98 for 2 liters ($0.222) 7. I thought that I just did not like the taste of olive oil because I never liked any that I bought at the store regardless of how much I paid for it. Don’t trust anything the man says, he’s preaching whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear so he can keep ratings up. https://siftedcity.com/2016/04/07/organic-gluten-free-asila-olive-oil/. LOL! We are processing your message. Get lower polyphenol oil, but at least you will be getting some polyphenols. Over the past few years we have seen an increase in corruption and adulterer olive oils and other food products. Put the oil in a pot with a thermometer and turn up the heat. THANK YOU, Doug for the information! It’s difficult here to eat Mediterranean without pastas, breads, and animal/fish proteins. Each stage of dilution means more profit for the interests at each stage. The FDA is not a good source. We are so used to bland, no taste olive oil, but the real quality stuff is totally different. Two are the NY International Olive Oil Competition, https://nyoliveoil.com/, and the L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.https://fairplex.com/competitions/olive-oil-competition. I have been trying to keep up with the good/bad brand lists for awhile. It’s effects are accumulative, taking years to show up. Part of what makes olive oil so valuable is its many touted health benefits. Yeah, first it was fake honey lining the grocery store shelves and now we find out olive oil is an even older scam! I had no idea! Most distributors and bottlers just can’t resist making a lot of money with very little effort. If you want to know if an olive oil is the real thing then look at the label on the back. Cynthia, your skepticism is entirely reasonable, but in this case I think it’s misplaced. If you looked at the original Report from UC Davis, it was not part of the sample being tested. In the movie The Godfather, Don Corleone’s business was importing olive. on CBS..regarding counterfeit olive oil controlled by the mafia in Italy.. For too long after second world war two ..Italy..Greese.France among others countries.Infraestructure for food,oil,wines production was destroyed..depending on other nations to supplied EVERY THINGS..that way Chile,Australia,USA,Brazil,Mexico,Argentina and others become suppliers of food,wines,olive oil of excellent quality..GLOBALISATION allow us now to enjoy standardized quality with reazonable prices..any way..Remember the proverb”Forfeit paper money was invented the day after paper money was created”…is a humans nature for some individuals,organization countries..of course with the exception of( CHINA)…LOL. I’m finding Kirkland from Costco is on a lot of good lists & is reasonably priced. Thanks for your info…..I’ll take ‘good’ quality over adulterated any day! they even give Bertolli a pass It's not a case that the Umbrian town has always been a famous producer of the so-called "Green Gold", that has … I did believe that I was wasting good EVOO if I used it for frying since it had a low smoking point. It has a rich olive flavour and goes cloudy when it is cool in winter. http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/research/files/oliveoilfinal071410updated.pdf. So I’ve learned that I really can’t trust the “Italian” olive oil I’ve been using. Hillary wants to know how Trump could lose a billion dollars in his own money in a casino business…. The Lyon Diet Heart Study, a large clinical trial, showed that a diet centered on using canola oil and a special trans-fat-free canola oil margarine for all culinary uses dramatically reduced death from heart disease in high-risk patients, and apparently even lowered their cancer risk. Lots of people have olive trees in this town. This way you know the taste, the smoke point, and most importantly the polyphenol content. Highly disappointed with Cento olive oil. UC Davis did the study, the only oils meeting the standards were Californian…hmm. Thank You for Your Reply! The press shops tell the people “we will call you when it is bottled” You go pick it up. It did turn solid, so I was confused. I was using a brand of olive oil that was on this list and they said that the test is to put it into the refrigerator and, if it is the real deal, it will turn solid. All the organic oils have the USDA organic sticker but no other certification. NO! The truth is, however, that rape is the most toxic of all food oil plants. Thanks for the awareness and breaking them down to pieces . Enjoy. I use coconut oil for cooking and olive oil on salads or on dishes AFTER they are cooked. Obama raised the budgets and increased inspections and monitoring, but not nearly enough. Canola oil is NEVER a choice if one wants to prevent an early painful death. However I found after a week or two of using it that my tinnitus was 90% gone. My family owns olive orchard in Croatia. 03 real good .Peroxide levels determine shelf life scale of 5-20 5 being long 1-2 years. Can olive oil be made at home? Reggiano. THANK YOU!!! Mediterranean diet is still the best. Does anyone know? I agree 100% Genevieve. Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil is very pungent and bitter. Rape seed oil (Canola oil) is widely used in thousands of processed foods…with the blessings of our own government. It is the attitude of one to make the “right” decision based on both functionality and external impact that something/decision can provoke. What it mostly tells you is that there’s saturated fat (palmitic and to a lesser extent stearic acid) in the oil. I’m worried about the oil I bought from costco (not the Kirkland one). Extra Virgin Olive Oil Olive oil is a healthier option, great for baking, tossing with vegetables or using as a dressing. Organic would have been much better but this bottle provided information that made me choose it over the imported varieties which I knew were questionable. Now this oil will not even solidify in the refrigerator as it did before. The article is titles “Know thy Importer”. Has the thought of not consuming any oil ever come to someone’s mind? I was impressed by the growers of this Tunisian olive oil. @Mama Natural, what is wrong with the “pomace, or leftover cake of olives after pressing?” Don’t you think it would have the same qualities? Hi, Doug, I do get you. That was the most informative comment I have ever read. See my comment of May 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm on the Lyon Diet Heart Study. . That is very subjective because it involves actual people testing oil and telling as what does taste as virgin and what does not.. Why are some of you asking about there being no certification in your bottles? There are many other questions to this study that I just have no time to talk about. (Genevieve, *please* consider removing the comment about the so-called fridge test for EVOO: it is completely unreliable! Comment the review as Sams Club verified representative. S I G H. . “They” lied to us about canola oil…it’s garbage. Also, it has to be the only thing they do, in that it has to be processed on its own line, in its own factory. Arbosana and Arbequina olives are known for less phenols and more mild to taste. I never thought about ther being fake olive oil on the market. Olive Oil is wonderful, it is extremely healthy, but do not fry with it. Is borges extra virgin olive oli the real deal or is it not “extra virgin”? That is actually the only real way to know for sure. See it Now. I was unfair regarding the article. I add a teaspoonful of OO to my daly health routine. The Kirkland tastes likes nothing like olives & more like some odd chemical has been added…. Every bottle is produced under the supervision of my family as it has been for generations. It’s unfair and uncool to tell another reader to “calm down” just because he or she shares a critical opinion. I do, because I can’t afford the real Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my meager budget. I was at a famous “Food Market” and had something at the hot bar….looking at the food with the yellow oil I had presumed it was melted butter. That’s disgusting! I’m 66 and taking medicine for the first time in my life! Insects do not eat the Rapeseed plant because it would kill them. I almost forgot. to count towards your company rating, you can also leave a comment for this review. Hello, I sell olive oil and I can think of two makeshift tests you can do at home regarding the authenticity of tests. Sellers and middlemen would know their products would be tested and returned if diluted with other oils. 30 Laudemio Frescobaldi Extra Virgin olive oil Special Gold Edition. WHICH site actually tells the whole truth? It was so bitter we couldn’t eat it. Wild Harvest brand isn’t usually my first choice for anything because it is the organic store brand for Cub Foods but it was on sale. In fact, I just purchased an olive oil by select by Terra extra virigin from WholeFoods and I think I might need to return it. I even introduce it to my parents. I currently use these two brands. We avoid soy like the plague and its just dangerous for people with allergies. Canola oil can be a decent choice as a salad oil base, eg, for a little bit of omega-3, particularly if you don’t eat fish — but I wouldn’t fry with it, or any refined oil. I would be VERY VERY surprised if Kirkland Organic was real, since it goes through some many middle men and channels. Amazon has 2 positive feedbacks. I do not understand why Costco makes the effort to responsibly sell members legit olive oil but then packages it in yucky see-through plastic bottles that accelerates the oil’s deterioration. What you say above about the difference in dates was true of the 2011 followup report, and you’re right that it confounds the results (although it still tells you what was *actually available* to consumers in these cities at the time). OH MY GOSH! I’m particularly interested in Lebanese olive oil right now. We add one or two tablespoon of EVO along with ground black pepper to our fresh turmeric tea made by boiling turmeric roots, not the powdered ones. What I always point out is a simple concept that abroad is hard to make people get; I call it “sense of perception” – it is a very thin line (invisible for many) that gives very different results. 100% Unfiltered organic unfiltered extra virgin olive oil first cold press by Casa Oleari Carapelli Firenze 1893 (I use this for cooking mostly.) I recommend pairing your more bitter olive oils with a mild balsamic instead of vinegar if you want to temper them and still get those incredible polyphenols. From my perspective perhaps if you value ‘REAL’, ‘CLEAN’, food, then look at broader sources of information. For the same dressing I had previously used Wild Harvest olive oil and it was the best tasing balsalmic vinaigrette I have ever made. Thanks. SHE SAID WHAT CERTIFICATIONS TO LOOK FOR. So listen up as we give you the deets on how to do just that. Shauna Wilkinson The other thing is that most COR oils are made from olive cultivars that are relatively low in phenolics; being as any oil you have now is at least 11 months old, it must really be reaching the ends of its decent days. you say filippo berio isnt true virgin olive oil, but I did the fridge test and it passed (solidified) so what am I to make of it? In this article we’re looking at the major health benefits of adding Extra Virgin Olive Oil … In addition to the article, another way of ensuring that you’re getting true extra virgin olive oil, you might use olive oil competitions as a resource. O Live Olive Oil is organic and imported from Chile. This report was funded by the California olive oil industry-therefore, the blog’s assertion that the report was “independent” was incorrect and misleading. .This is ok for people who like healthy EVOO. Cheers! First, it is important that you know that the basis for these accusations is a report that was issued five years ago in 2010 by the University of California Davis Olive Center. Tastes & smells like olives too. Please get to learn who you buy your olive oils from and do some research. Thanks, Wow! Deborah, If you check Olive Oil Times you will see that sadly most of the oil exported from Greece this year got downgraded to lampante, or lamp oil when it hit the authorities in Italy. I read the whole test regarding Flippo Berio as a pass because i dont relly on subjective method in such delicate subject us taste. The shorter the chain, the easier it is. There is interesting & alarming facts on Snopes.com. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/87197/pf231-Testing-olive-oil-quality.pdf You can say it basic: The further away, the crappier the quality. That’s crazy! Instead of buying your EVOO from Costco, I recommend going to a store or online to find a store that lists the taste panel results, the exact olive, and the chemistry scores. Meeting the sensory standards is a requirement for extra-virgin status in every jurisdiction where standards exist: the International Olive Council, the California Olive Oil Council, and the Australian Olive Association (and now Australian national standard). Organic Extra virgin olive oil Sanremo. There’s another one we like but the shops haven’t had it in stock for a while. Rest assured, California Olive Ranch (COR) is authentic. The only one I could find here in our town is the Kirkland (Costco) brand, but you have to purchase a HUGE amount at Costco and I can never use it up fast enough. We thank you for the trust and confidence that you have shown us through the years. I am not suicidal. Sent it back. A butcher probably couldn’t tell you by looking if it was angus or same grade slaughter beef. the media and social media have done an amazing job educating those on how to buy authentic olive oil. But let me tell you that I’m originally from Europe and I read a huge article in the German news magazine called STERN and it was about “the olive oil scandal” and it talked about Europe, so it is everywhere. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 85,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives. 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