Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Health Benefits
What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Extra-virgin olive oil is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. There are very specific standards oil has to meet to receive the label "extra-virgin." Because of the way extra-virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste, and has a lower level of oleic acid than other olive oil varieties. It also contains more of the natural vitamins and minerals found in olives.
Extra-virgin olive oil is considered an unrefined oil since it's not treated with chemicals or altered by temperature. What sets it apart is the low level of oleic acid and the absence of sensory flaws. It contains no more than 1% oleic acid and typically has a golden-green color, with a distinct flavor and a light peppery finish.
Taralinga Estate is proud to have achieved the Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil certification, our customers guarantee of EVOO authenticity, provenance and quality in the market place. You will now also find us listed on the Official Index of the Worlds Best Olive Oils
For freshness of taste and maximum health benefits we recommend bottles of oil be used within 15 months of our May processing. Oil must be stored unopened in a dry dark place, away from direct sunlight and excessive heat.
Our high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, when opened, should be consumed within 30-45 days and is best used in its natural state as an uncooked additive to food.
Health studies are showing that olive oil helps to lower levels of bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks and some cancers. The Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of olives, has long been known as one of the healthiest. Residents of Crete, for example, have the highest consumption of olive oil per person in the world but also the lowest rate of death from heart related diseases.
Olive oil is rich in mono-unsaturated fats and contains no cholesterol. Many nutritionists even the National Heart Foundation are now recommending olive oil as the healthy substitute for other fats in our diet. Did you know that olive oil is the only oil which is actually a fruit juice? In its purest form, like here at Taralinga Estate, the oil is simply ‘squeezed’ from the fruit, filtered and bottled … with zero contamination by any chemical processes or additives.
At Taralinga Estate, we press within hours of picking. We are the only olive grove on the Mornington Peninsula with its own Pieralisi Two-Phase Press. Immediate pressing ensures the retention of as many of the antioxidants from the olives as possible. Whether picked on site or sourced from nearby growers, pressing happens within 3-6 hours after picking, so our olive oil contains the highest level of Polyphenol antioxidants as possible.