The Complete List of Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oils and How to Buy

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The Complete List of Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oils and How to Buy

We were shocked to find out that the olive oils that we thought were extra virgin olive oils were not!  Read: The Olive Oil Fraud.

To be safe we have a list of brands we know to be real extra virgin olive oils and links if you wish to purchase online.  For many of us having it delivered to your door is the only easy sure way to do so.

Which Olive Oils Are Good?

These olive oils have met the extra-virgin standards; this list of brands is from the research above.

  • Bariani Olive Oil is Stone Crushed, Cold Pressed, Decanted and Unfiltered California Extra Virgin Olive Oil and they are committed to producing an authentic extra virgin olive oil which is raw. Weston Price recommends this oil.

Olives in a small saucer of olive oil

  • Corto Olive – can sometimes be purchased at Cosco.
  • Cobram Estate  – Australia’s most awarded extra virgin olive oil
  • California Olive Ranch
  • Kirkland Organic
  • Lucero (Ascolano)
  • McEvoy Ranch Organic
  • Ottavio
  • Omaggio
  • Whole Foods California 365 
  • Olea Estates 100% extra virgin olive oil is from an extremely reliable source and is our top recommendation. This olive oil is grown on a single family farm in Greece and is a great tasting olive oil.  We think so highly about this that we contacted them and they did give us a code for a discount which now is invalid. I spoke with them they will be giving us another discount code very soon.

Consumer Reports (September 2012 issue), published results of a taste test of 138 bottles of extra virgin olive oil from 23 manufacturers. The olive oil was sourced from the US, Argentina, Greece, Chile, and Italy. They found that olive oil produced in California exceeded those from Italy.
Two highest scoring olive oils (both from California) from their testing were:

Here are 3 more very good varieties:

Here is another olive oil I recently discovered that is certified:

Kasandrinos Organic Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil – 100% certified organic, non-GMO extra virgin olive oil from Kasandrinos century-old family orchard. Mechanical cold-pressing within 48 hours locks in the delicious flavor of the olives at peak of ripeness.

And one more that is a very good oil winning medals:
Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold-pressed oil, unfiltered oil grown and packaged in Partanna, Sicily.  The Asaro family has been producing it since 1916.  This EVOO has been the winner of Gold Medals at the L.A. County Fair.

Olive oil is my favourite for making salad dressings.
Here are 5 delicious salad dressing recipes:

Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salad Dressing

Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Salad Dressing

Raspberry Lemon Salad Dressing

Balsamic Salad Dressing 

Lemon-Mint Salad Dressing

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By | 2017-10-29T15:39:42+00:00 February 25th, 2015|Health News, Health Tips|19 Comments

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  1. Spider Robinson March 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    What an excellent survey–thank you. I highly recommend the book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller, a fascinating, even thrilling look at the olive oil industry by a man who is crazy about olives. Mr. Mueller says most of the olive oil sold in North America is of the quality Italians call “lampante” — fit only for burning in lamps.

  2. Barbara February 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Thank you so much for this! Could you please clarify about the Kirkland extra virgin olive oil? I heard the large bottles are questionable regarding quality. (And I believe they’re in plastic bottles). Can you please address these issues? Thank you!

  3. Judith P June 5, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Good commentary but please comment on the larger sizes of olive oil from Costco’so Kirkland brand sold in plastic.

  4. Margie Lack June 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Is that Cobram Estate instead of Cobran?

  5. Diana Herrington June 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Barbara & Judith, Kirkland Organic has been verified as being good but I agree that plastic bottles are not a good idea. I have not seen the large bottles yet.

  6. Diana Herrington June 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Margie, woops for the typo. Thank you for telling me as it is now corrected.

  7. Michael June 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

    The McEvoy Ranch olive oils are delicious as well and can also be bought online:

  8. Fred Venitsky September 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Where can I purchase DiStefano extra virgin olive oil

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  10. Truth in Olive Oil October 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    We are very glad to see that Ellora Farms EVOO was mentioned in the best oils category. This is truly a brand and product of love and dedication over the years. World’s first 100% traceable olive oil for consumers, Ethically produced and bottled at source, European Union PDO Certified, 100% Single Origin and Single Estate, Koroneiki Variety Olives, Fresh harvest and cold extraction with mechanical means, Non GMO, very low Acidity….it really cannot get any better. The product has over 100+ five star reviews on Amazon from verified buyers.

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  11. Alan Thompson November 21, 2016 at 2:50 am

    what about Member’s Mark from Sam’s Club? distributed by Sam’s West


  12. joyce sandor November 24, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I live in Penticton bc Canada and have not found any of the good olive oils you mentioned. I boght acropolis 500 ml for $22.oo I am sure its real as it has all the numbers and letters you talked about. it is good but expensive.

  13. Shawn Bennett February 6, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I made the mistake of perchasing the Bertolli brand at Super Store here in Canada. After some research online, I discovered that this brand is actually on of the fake ones! Deregulation, thanks to our governments is putting the health of Canadians and Americans at risk! Thanks Real Food For Life!

  14. Barbara E Bj February 18, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Whole Foods is listed elsewhere as failing the tests of being unadulterated olive oil.

  15. ️Dawn kuzio April 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    What about terra delyssa
    Extra virgin olive oil
    Organic sold at Costco dark glass bottle

  16. Aldente April 13, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Actually, 99% if not 100% of the “extra virgin” olive oil in the market is FAKE ! You name it, its all fake including the biggest and most popular brands, which is even more dangerous.
    An authentic bottle of cold pressed “extra virgin” olive oil will cost around 30 – 38 EURO to produce. You should find that same bottle in the store at 70-90 EURO, and the chance of buying a real bottle of olive oil is high. Unless, they try to sell a fake bottle of olive oil using soybean oil for 90 EURO.. which they would gladly do for the money ! I mean who wouldn’t ??

    So, sorry to say but, there is absolutely no chance of buying a bottle of real “extra virgin” oil, unless you press them yourselves !

  17. ksb May 8, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I farm my own small orchard and just produced my first harvest. The chemical test came back as extra-virgin. Next year I plan on completing COOC certification for added quality assurance

  18. CM May 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Olive oil lovers, take heart: there is A LOT of excellent olive oil in the market. The key question is how to get your hands on them. For instance, see the winners of the 2017 New York International Competition;
    Note that there’s a sizable number of the very best produced in the US. We have over 500 producers in California, and more in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Oregon and even Arizona.
    Check out the certified Extra Virgin olive oils by the California Olive Oil Council (, many of them winners in NY.
    Keep in mind that ALL olive oils degrade over time. Check the Harvest Date and/or the Best Before Date on the label. Use fresh oil, of less than 18 months. Store it away from light and heat. Use it promptly (hint: don’t buy a 1 gallon container if you use small amounts). Once you develop a taste for the really good EVOOs, there’s no turning back… Enjoy!

  19. Eden June 12, 2017 at 5:46 am

    How do
    You rate the authenticity pf Member’s Selection Vold Pressed extra virgin olive oil?

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