I grew up in a home with a European Step-Mother which meant that our dinner table was always filled with fresh salads and flavorful European dishes. She was one of those women who never measured anything, used fresh herbs from the garden, and had an array of Olive Oils on hand to cook with. She would hit up markets around town for different Olive Oils and would add some herbs to some and use the others alone. I assume it was all trial and error, but the truth is I don’t remember ever having a bad meal. HA! So, when I was asked to partake in the Flavor Your Life campaign, supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, to help share information about European Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I couldn’t help but say yes.
10 Facts you never knew about Olive Oil:
- Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor.
- Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor.
- Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green.
- French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor
- Ever wonder why some olive oils taste differently? Well, it turns out that it all comes down to the type of olive tree (cultivar), region (which affects climate and soil) and time of harvest. Since Europe offers a vast array of flavor profiles, it is wise to keep a variety of oils in your pantry for different occasions. See, my Step-Mom had the right idea.
- As I said, it is a good idea to keep a variety of oils on hand, so that you can experiment with different oils for different occasions. Use delicate oils for salad dressings or as a condiment over mild foods like vegetables, fish, eggs or potatoes. Pair robust oils with hearty foods that can stand up to the intense flavor, like steak or spicy soup.
- The reason that olive oil is suitable for cooking is because it has a high smoking point of 400°F, which means that it cooks up nicely in dishes without being heavy. It is also perfect for enhancing any dish by drizzling on as a finisher.
- The reason you want to store olive oil in a dark cool pantry is because heat and light can cause decay. 57°F is the best temperature for storing.
- Don’t forget to consume olive oil within 6 months of opening to ensure freshness.
- The right olive oil can be the perfect condiment to add flavor to any dish.
Choice 1 – Herbs & Parm – Go through your spice cabinet and pull out basil, oregano, and any other Italian-type of herb. Mix about a tablespoon or so of the herbs with 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.
Choice 2 – Fresh rosemary – It is as easy as grabbing some fresh rosemary from the garden and adding it to the olive oil dish.
Choice 3 – Herb – I like to mix lemon pepper, oregano, and rosemary
Really, as long as you use a full-flavored olive oil, whatever you add to it, you won’t be disappointed.
What is your favorite dish to use olive oil in?
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Disclosure – as stated above, I received this product for free from Moms Meet, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
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