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The Daily Meal: What You Should Know Before Buying Olive Oil

Bohemian Chic

If you happen to gain an appreciation for fine olive oils, some things you may want to consider delving into are:

-Trying "early harvest" versus "late harvest" oils: Early harvest oils come from green olives that often exhibit marked pepperiness and/or bitterness. They are also called "robust" or "full-bodied." Late harvest oils come from riper olives which tend to turn creamier, nuttier, and in general, mellow out. They are often described as "mild" or having "delicate fruit."

-Trying olive oils made from different varietals: Like wine, olive oil can be made from different varietals of the fruit. Some popular ones include Arbequina, Frantoio, Picual, Hojiblanca, and Koroneiki.

-Trying olive oils made with the same varietal in different parts of the world: Many varietals can be grown in different places around the world. Depending on where they are grown, the same varietal can take on different flavor characteristics.

(Credit: Matt Dwen)
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