Which are the Best Olive Oils to Buy? Learn About the Olive Oil Fraud

Real Olive Oils vs Fake Exposed!

How do we get the best olive oils when there is an ‘Olive Oil Fraud’ happening?  Many of us want to use an authentic ‘extra virgin olive oil’ to get all the wonderful health benefits and taste but are you using real or fake oil?

When you go to the trouble of seeking it out the authentic oil and spending the extra money, there is a high chance that it is not an extra virgin oil at all!

It is one of the many that are part of the ‘Olive Oil Fraud’.

A high percentage of the oils are not at all what they say on the label. Just because they say it is ‘Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ (EVOO) or even ‘Certified’ does not mean that it actually is. They are not created equal.

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Updated: March 31, 2020
This post is updated on a regular basis and reflects the current information available. Due to a disease that many olive trees have been getting, olive trees are dying. If you want olive oil then you need to buy some before there is none. This is very sad.
On March 31, I added 3 more EVOO’s. On February 8, 2020, I added 5 more EVOOs. In April and October 2019 I added 2 on each month that are still available now. – Diana

Best Olive Oils

What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)?

  • First, the oil must come from fresh olives that were milled within 24 hours of their harvest.
  • Next, it must be extracted by mechanical means, not from heat or chemicals.
  • They must not be treated chemically in any way.
  • EVOO is, in fact, fresh olive juice.
  • Being a fruit, olives contain natural antioxidants that protect the plant during its lifetime. When the olive tree is very old it contains more of these antioxidants. This is one of the reasons that olive trees are often hundreds of years old and create antioxidant-rich products.

As you read above, they are not all the same, so it is important to purchase the right type of oil.

EVOO (cold-pressed) is what we want. 

6 Tips for Recognizing Real EVOO

How do we know if our oil is the real thing and not part of the olive oil fraud?

  1. Do not buy light olive oil or a blend; it isn’t virgin quality.
  2. When EVOO costs less than $10 a litre it may not be authentic oil.
  3. Real oils are sold in dark bottles, as this protects the oil from oxidation. Look for that.
  4. Look for a seal from the International Olive Oil Council (IOC)
  5. Look for a harvesting date on the label.
  6. It can get old and rancid. A simple test for a good oil is to taste a little on a spoon. Not rancid, the real oil will have a fruity taste in the front of your mouth and a peppery taste in the back of your mouth.

’60 Minutes’ Looks at The Oil Adulteration in Italy. Watch this video to learn more about olive oil fraud.

Extra Virgin Suicide slide show by Nicholas Blechman explains well what happens on the NY Times

In America, more than $700 million a year is spent on olive oil, but unfortunately, it is much of it is not authentic because of the olive oil fraud. Most of these oils on the market are cut with cheap vegetable oils making them part of the olive oil fraud.

The results from the Consumer Report’s found that only 9 of the 23 olive oils from Italy, Spain, and California tested, and passed as being EVOO even though all of them claimed so on the label. AND: “More than half tasted fermented or stale.”

International standards for extra virgin olive oil are mostly unenforced.  Although the term ‘extra virgin’ is generally understood to denote the highest quality of olive oil, industry representatives report that the current standards are easily met by producers and allow olive oil marketed as ‘extra virgin’ to represent a wide range of qualities. This lack of enforcement has resulted in a long history of fraudulent practices (adulteration and mislabelling) in the olive oil sector.” – United States International Trade Commission

A study at the UC Davis Olive Center found that 69% of the imported EVOO sold in California supermarkets did not qualify as extra virgin. Tests indicate that imported EVOO often fails international and USDA standards.

A bottle labeled EVOO may not be real and instead be a seed oil that is made to smell and look the same by adding a few drops of chlorophyll and beta-carotene making it part of the olive oil fraud.

Which Olive Oil to buy?
Which Olive Oil to buy?

Oils that failed to meet EVOO standards:

  • Carapelli
  • Colavita
  • Star
  • Filippo Berio
  • Mazzola
  • Mezzetta
  • Newman’s Own
  • Safeway
  • Whole Foods

Best Olive Oils

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Olive Oil with olives

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The brands we want will be those that have passed the extra-virgin standards. The list below is from the research above.

Bariani Olive Oil is Stone Crushed, Cold-Pressed, Decanted, and Unfiltered. They are committed to producing real oil which is raw. Weston Price recommends this brand.

Kirkland Organic –  Amazon says: “Certified organic by the USDA. Made from the first cold pressing.” Comments on Amazon: of the 478 people who gave stars, 73% gave 5 stars. I have to say it is very delicious, tasting like real olives; I’m just finishing up the bottle I bought.

Corto EVOO  – “We call it TRULY 100% extra-virgin olive oil because this full-bodied olive oil is the real deal. 70% of extra virgin olive oils on the market have gone rancid, which is why we’ve gone to extra lengths to protect ours. What makes us different is that we don’t wait until winter when the olives are over-ripe, like other brands do. Instead, we harvest in the Fall, when the olives are at the peak of freshness: green, with just a hint of violet.”

Cobram Estate  – Australia’s most awarded brand

California Olive Ranch – Award-winning brand. It is in a tinted glass bottle that protects oil and is 100% grown and made in California.

McEvoy Ranch Organic Estate-grown and produced from select Italian olive varieties, this certified organic extra-virgin oil features a grass-green color with the aroma of newly cut grass and a hint of green apple. A dark green bottle protects this delicious oil from heat and light and includes a built-in spout for easy, mess-free pouring.

Olea Estates 100% extra virgin olive oil – This one is grown on a single family farm in Greece and is a great tasting olive oil. Harvested and cold-pressed on the same day to maintain all the quality, healthy natural antioxidants, and flavors of our olive oil.

OttavioEVOO From Italy. It is produced from olives that offer a vibrant bouquet and an extremely high-quality fresh oil flavour, with pleasing notes of spiciness but is packaged in a plastic bottle.

Ascolano EVOO – authentic 100% Californian oil. Currently unavailable

Trader Joe’s California has been discontinued.

Omaggio – Currently unavailable.

Whole Foods California 365 – 100% Californian, Unfiltered, Cold Processed, Certified Extra Virgin – Currently unavailable.

3 More Good Olive Oil Brands I Found in March 2020

Lodi Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Premium California, Certified Cold Pressed and Pure.
“Our Frantoio Extra Olive Oil carries the fruity flavor of Frantoio Olives with subtle grassy notes & a late hint of green apple; Made from handpicked local Frantoio olives.” ~ Lodi Frantoio

Casina Rosssa Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) With Sicilian Lemon. A family produced olive oil from the paradisiacal village of Roccascalenga in Abruzzo.
“I bought this the first time at an Italian specialty store in Maryland. I was delighted to find it on Amazon. It is flavorful and I use it in lots of recipes that call for lemon zest or juice.” ~ Amazon Buyer

Papa Vince Olive Oil Extra Virgin, First Cold Pressed Family Harvest in Sicily, Italy. 100% Non-Blended Cold Pressed Extra Virgin – Taste Like Olives w/ hints of Tomato, Artichoke & Pepper. Raw, Unrefined & Unfiltered – to preserve nutrients and flavors that make it delicious & healthy
“This is the Best Olive Oil EVER tasted in this Blessed Life. Tried on salad mixed with Miabella Balsamic Vinegar. Mixed my own recipe for dipping.” ~ Amazon Buyer

5 Good Brands I Found in February 2020

Anatomico Organic Coratina EVOO It is made in Puglia Italy. This oil is organic and extra virgin, offering enhanced taste and greater benefits. Cold extracted, unfiltered, and obtained directly from Italian olives, this olive oil features the fruity, juicy taste of green olives with subtle hints of fresh-cut grass and bitter almonds.

Tuscan Gold Eleganza is an Italian cultivar blend. Gold medal winner at the 2019 New York International EVOO Competition and Los Angeles International  Competition. One of the world’s most authentic olive oils!  “Our olives are hand-harvested, first cold press, and unfiltered. We produce quality EVOO with high to very very high total polyphenols.”

Knolive Epicure was Ranked Nº1 Best EVOO in the world 2018 by EVOO World Ranking. 100% PURE AND NATURAL

Selección Familiar is an annual limited edition extra virgin olive oil from a selection of our best centuries-old Picual olive trees. Gold medal winner at the 2019 at International Olive Oil Competition.

Oro Bailen Family Reserve is an Award Winning Cold Pressed EVOO, 2013-2014 Harvest. It is prepared using olives produced in the olive groves belonging to the Gálvez-González family, located in the foothills of Sierra Morena, the northern mountain range in the province of Jaén.

Two Good Brands I Found in April 2019

TERRA Delyssa – Certified Organic EVOO, 100% Tunisian Certified Organic – Meets and exceeds USDA and International “IOC” standards. Brought to you by the same farmers and millers that controlled the quality of Terra Delyssa from tree to bottle.

Venta del Baron Award Winning Cold Pressed EVOO – For four years running, Venta Del Baron took 1st place in the ranking at the World’s Best EVOO competition winner 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016!

Another very good One:

Bertolli Organic EVOO  – It is made from organic olives and produced using organic farming standards. This oil was on our list of not being approved but we have now learned that was incorrect.
Here is a statement from the company: “Our olive oil exceeds the rigorous and exacting standards of the International Olive Council (IOC) and European Union (EU). As proof, in 2017 alone, we achieved global recognition for the quality of our products, winning 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze awards at multiple prestigious international competitions.”

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

More Authentic Ones

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.

Ellora EVOO is very good. It is 100% Pure Cretan, the origin and authenticity is certified by the EU standards. While meeting the stringent requirements it maintains a focus on environmental consciousness and tradition. When you are ordering it online it comes in many sizes which can make shipping more economical.

Another discovered that is certified:

Kasandrinos Organic EVOO Greek – 100% certified organic, non-GMO from Kasandrinos century-old family orchard. Mechanical cold-pressing within 48 hours locks in the delicious flavor of the olives at the peak of ripeness.

How about the EVOO fridge test as stated by Dr. Oz?

Dr. Oz said that when you put an authentic EVOO in the refrigerator, it will become thick and cloudy as it cools completely.

The ‘Fridge Test’ should not be considered accurate. Some oils made from high-wax olive varieties will even solidify according to a Fridge Test.

Learn more about how to use olive oil.

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Salad greens with oranges and pecans

Olive oil is my favourite for making salad dressings.

Here are 5 Delicious Olive Oil Based Salad Dressing Recipes

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Lemon Mint Salad Dressing

 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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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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119 Comments

    1. Camil, not a dumb question at all. There seems to be conflicting advice out there.
      1. Do not refrigerate as it may harm the flavour. The oil becomes cloudy and slightly solid. It returns to being liquid after being removed from the refrigerator and placed on the counter. Problem is that the flavor will not be the same. Each time the olive oil is taken in and out of the refrigerator, it loses its flavour.
      2. Refrigerate because olive oil is a monounsaturated fat which is highly perishable. If where it will be stored is above 85° F or if have a larger container of olive oil which you will not use within 3 months, best to refrigerate.
      I don’t refrigerate mine any more.

    2. Keep it away from the light, and use it fairly soon after it is harvested, and opened. As long as the area it is stored in is not exceptionally warm, it should be fine. If it is kept in the fridge, it congeals and becomes difficult to pour.
      I’m not an expert, But I’ve read a lot about the topic, and I have cooked I lot.

  1. I’m sorry, I can’t belive your telling me that the oils I buy is not real.
    You have several names that I do purchase, we never had a problem
    with the taste, flavor or color before.
    Why now??
    Whats going on, I think we need more proof..
    I saw the 60 minutes report.

  2. Does this apply to all olive oil or only extra virgin? I have a bottle of Colavita Olive Oil which has very little scent. Then I have a bottle of Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil and it has a beautiful aroma which I believe to be the real deal.

  3. The Olive Mill in Queen Creek, Arizona is the real deal! Made on site with no heat and light, organic and harvest dates on bottles. Just went to the tour at the Olive Mill. Check out their website.

  4. If a specific extra virgin olive oil does not have a chemistry profile showing polyphenols, free fatty acids, peroxides, oleic acid, and diacylglycerol compositions then the consumer has absolutely no idea what they are buying no matter what country or store they buy from. I recommend googling “olive oil chemistry profile” to become educated on the subject. Having the profile/numbers/specs allows EVOO’s to be compared and levels the playing field. Without the numbers/specs/profile the consumer is left in the dark. People claim to have the best but without the numbers they have no idea what they are purchasing. Someone mentioned Queen Creek but they don’t provide chemistry profiles and therefore the consumer has no clue of their quality. Their quality may be excellent but how would the consumer know when they don’t provide the numbers to support the quality. One could easily make the the argument that many olive estates collect their olives off the ground and therefore the quality of the olives are poor prior to crush. How would anyone know without the profile. If you just take someones word that an EVOO is the best or of good quality you’re just fooling yourself!! People are writing in asking about specific brands but the author can not make any claims unless she can provide a chemistry panel showing the EVOO’s quality, purity, and freshness. Do your research and find a shop that provides chemistry profiles and crush date for each EVOO they offer. There’s no other way!!

  5. UnFORTUNATELY, the UC DAVIS had been using testing methods that are rejected by Europe as flawed and unreliable. Europe uses a totally different method, and I would go with them as they have been testing olives a whole lot longer than UC Davis has. This study was paid for y the California Olive growers association….Not good in itself…use an unbiased tester and I may believe it. Many olive oils are bitter, its the olive and how green it is…All oil shouldn’t be used be used for general use….one should pick the olive oil for whatever application. I personally like Colavita if I run out of what I usually use. I go to a grower in St. Helena California and buy mine for general use, its a great oil and good for all round use. I don’t trust most grocery store products but a few are pretty good, I usually shop at Whole Foods where I find a bit better products…ACUALLY, for almost everything…especially produce. Far and above other chain groceries…REMEMBER, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

  6. ANY oil should be used up relatively quickly…they become rancid if not. Buy in smaller quantities if you don’t use a lot. I use up a gallon of EVOO for general use in about 4 months…and it’s fine, I do buy very fresh olive oil however. I love olive oil, even the bitter ones have a use.. California has great ones, I also thought that the oil in Turkey was extra good. Going to Italy in May, will let you all know about that!!! I think the key is to buy from an olive oil company that you like if possible. Olive oil has many nutritious qualities to help promote a healthy body, so the better it is, I feel the better your benefits..

  7. Wow. Great info. To the point, people friendly, and the listings are awesome. It’s nice to have info get to the point and not have a lot of additives to read. Thank you. KB

  8. In response to Nancy’s comment on Queen Creek Olive Mill…they do produce a wonderful product. I believe their EVOO is pure and not cut. However, I do not believe their OO is organic. None of the bottles I have from there is labeled organic and when you do a search on their website for the term organic no results are produced.

  9. Update: Queen Creek Olive Mills label does list their oil as pesticide free and herbicide free. So I am guessing they use organic practices but are not certified organic. All in all, I love their oils!

  10. I really love a small brand of EVOO done in Catalunya (Spain) called “Baró de l’Albi” that can be purchased online at Oliverium.com
    This oil is 100% from arbequina and always is from the same year that has been milled. Their quality is extremely good.

  11. Thanks for the LISTS of brand names. I am not an expert and don’t plan to become one – just a brand name I can trust is good enough for me. (And I just put my store brand EVOO in the fridge… can’t wait to see what happens!)

  12. Most of the oils considered “true and safe” are from USA! Are you trying to say that USA is the safest Country in the World to buy olive oil from? Have you investigated Australian made olive oils? There are other Countries in the World

  13. I am half Sicilian and my Sicilian grandmother was a fantastic cook. She is long gone and I have been using Trader Giotta’s O. Oil for a long time. It does seem to have a good flavor, but I have not been concentrating on other oils for a loooong time.

    You failed to answer the question about Trader Joe’s oil (above) but mentioned MANY others . .

    I hope you’ll give me an answer as well about this product!

    Thanks, Marlene

  14. I have just purchased a small 250 ml bottle of Bertolli olive oil for $8 usd. The small bottles are light glass while the bigger ones are in plastic bottles and more costly,it has the (ioc) seal on the lable on the bottle which says that it designates that Bertolli olive oil meets the exacting standards of the international olive council (ioc) worldwide governing body that sets quality standards for the olive oil industry, does this mean that this oil is legit or not? iwhat should I think of this since you mentioned Bertolli in the questionable list ?

  15. Today there is not much safe for us Most products we clean and use on our bodies are the cause of cancers or other organ damage. One doctor told me that the only place we normally can count on the word Organic is in our food. I do believe this. When you purchase lets say Shampoo….If it says organic most of the time the product is in plastic and there sure is nothing Organic about plastic. It really is our governments fault The FDA for not doing more to protect us. So many people have to die from a product before they will even put a warning on it. It is not removed from the shelf. This is just a BAD JOKE. The only thing we can do is not purchase the products that are known to be unsafe and that way the company will get the idea and offer us a better solution. We need to stick together. Our water supply will not stay in the safe area if we do not.

  16. Absolutely no better EVOO (nor likely healthier) than my cousin’s EVOO from Sicily.

    Ridiculously good.

  17. Sadly the manufacturers are adding all types of oil to the blend to make more money. another problem is the views shown in this blog where people defend a store and don’t see that any company can be guilty. Trader joes and Whole Foods are in business to make money and some of their oils are fake and some are real good.
    Reality is California oils packed and sold in the USA are the best and purest on the market. Even Traders and Whole Foods sell the real stuff.
    This is not a contest to defend any one company but to inform users on the issue.

    Thanks to Diana for posting the issues !

  18. The tests you mention seem subjective not scientific. Where is the proof? I spoke to a manager at Felippo Berio today, and she said they test every batch to be sure it’s 100% olive oil.

  19. I think all these people get paid to list their products as pure olive. the California Olive Ranch that I bought DIDNOT
    PASS the refrigerated test

  20. I just updated links above and added much more information from the new research. I am still learning about olive oil too. There is so much controversy and much to figure out. I had to leave researching it for a while as there are so many changes going on upgrading this site and all the new places I am writing for.

    About the invalid Olea coupon: I spoke to someone there 2 weeks ago and he told me Olea, had a makeover on their site and the coupon offered became invalid. Good news is that a new coupon will arrive in July.

  21. I want to know more about the olive oil products from Spain and Greece, which brands of olive oil should i buy? Do you have any detailed review about Borges Olive Oil?… Thankyou

  22. I buy Il Re olive oil from an Italian food store in NJ and it works amazingly for everyday cooking. I use it on a lot of things that are cooked at low or no heat and would require butter or oil during the process.

  23. Alright, I read somewhere that extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is NOT the right thing to use for cooking, because if authentic, it will fry down to goo. It should be used for salads, etc., and use a non-virgin oil for cooking. Is this true?

    In any case, finding certified NON-virgin olive oil is even more challenging than finding authentic EVOO, especially if you are now thinking mainly California, which I am.

  24. The test result you refer to were from 2010. A later 2013 study by UC Davis stated continued testing needing to be done.
    This list is outdate. Do a bit more research on google to find the most recent testing done by professionals.

  25. Gallo olive oil is on sale at Valu-Mart this weekend. Valu Mart is Weston foods.

    Is it real olive oil??? The price is good. $8. 1 litre. ($7.99 advertised).

    I usually buy Tunisian Terra Delyssa. Same store. No issues. Great taste. Nice clean taste, a bit bitter. No health issues. $14 a litre.

    No, I do do not use a fridge test. It is crap or it is good. Literally. ROFL!

    However, I usually keep it in the fridge, and pour some in another bottle on the counter, because it does gel.

    Now the long part…

    I have “Myoclonus”.

    http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myoclonus/detail_myoclonus.htm

    It is like death a million times over. Over 100 seizures per minute by times. Your site looks nice, so I thought I would ask a few questions about olive oil. I realize you are not a medical site. For medical questions, I have found one with 72,000 doctors. That should do the trick!

    Nocturnal myoclonus is my most devastating form of the symptoms. It obliterates my body next day. I have fasciculations as well, part of myoclonus. There is no cure, only relief somewhat through food.

    (And recently I added medical cannabis. It helps mostly with sleep and to eat).

    Stomach myoclonus is another symptom I have. Little is truly known about myoclonus. Even the science is still a wild guess. It is called a symptom, a precursor to something. The link explains it all.

    What I have I done? I stopped eating all processed foods. Everything. I am down to coffee and brown sugar to put in my coffee as my only processed food. And of course, olive oil. I do eat seeds and nuts. Some issues, but they are simply digestive, as myoclonus literally takes over the body, and slows digestion to a crawl.

    I have been able to narrow down the food products that help, and foods that nearly kill me. Oils are in the killer category. Especially bean based oils like soya.

    My diet is now fruits, real vegetables, nothing ever in a can, no condiments, non-processed frozen fruit, and fresh fruit. Lots of salads! I grow my own organically. Small garden I am slowly moving inside.

    Grain is also murder. So no grains. Even corn. If it is a grain, I am out. Seeds are ok. I figured out an olive is a fruit.

    And all cruciferous veggie are a big out. Or an ambulance ride will follow. Cabbage, kale, goodies like that for those unsure.

    And incredibly, I cannot even eat beans, or bean based products. I know, what do I eat??? I manage…

    Sometimes I get super sick, I can barely walk. So yes, I am extremely careful with what I eat.

    The Gallo site looks ok. But the bottle being sold by Weston, is not on the Gallo site. What gives??? Is it because it is old?

    Is it because it is packaged elsewhere? It is a Portuguese oil. I just want to know if it is on a bad list, or a good list.

    I also cannot eat processed meat, obviously.

    Also I cannot eat Weston meat that is over the counter. Phosphates.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3278747/

    With myoclonus, phosphates create a temporary arthritic like pain, that can last a few days. In other words, I cannot walk without the risk of falling down. Weston appears to use them in the so called fresh meats. I can tell, because organic raised meat does not produce the effect.

    My next question, are phosphates used in the production of olive oil?

    That should keep ya busy! lol

    For now, I will just try the Gallo oil. I almost need a science lab to eat…

    In the end, to make it all come together, if an oil is corrupted, I get corrupted body wise, and I plan to find the culprits. When someone has a symptom or disease, the tendency is to look deeper, to find it’s source, or at least it’s best form of relief. I am sold on how healthy olive oil is, enough science backs that up,

    I am not sold at all on food processors or giant marketing chains like Weston aka Loblaws aka Valu-Mart and many more store brand names, that all end up being Weston. Wiki is a great resource to find out.

    I put Metro, Safeway, Costco, Walmart, all the big chains, in the same boat. Nothing personal against Weston.

    No political motivation as well. No PETA or anything like that. I just need to eat!

    And nice site. : )

  26. Allan, I have read your email and I can not even imagine what a struggle it is for you to find safe foods. I have a family member who has has seizures and celiac, and I know how challenging dealing with both of those conditions can be. I hope someone with a food chemistry background is able to help you in your search for healthier foods. The only reason people are even on sites such as these is because we are searching for honesty in our food products.

    And to the person who said you need a life? My wish for you is for a healthier life with plenty of safe foods to eat! If you can’t say something nice……..

    Good luck and I am on with my search for a gallon of good olive oil! Thanks to this website for giving some positive pointers!

  27. Liz, your comment to Allan about his “rambling manifesto” and who cares is rude and heartless. You actually took the time to post something like this??? Be grateful you don’t have health issues

  28. hi to all.First,you need to forgive me,for my little bad english.I live in Greece,and the last 4-5 years,i stop to eat meat,fish,and many many things from market.I eat only fresh-we live with my wife out of Thessaloniki,in one village,and we have only fresh egetables and fruits,and many many “wild” green salat.We use,ONLY extra virgin oil,and i see,(we have many producers in Greece),but the most important,its to talk to look the eyes,and to FEEL any producer.Its my small subjactivity opinion,WITHOUT to offent anybody.I have frind producer,he live in Halkidiki,and for 1 little unripe olive oil,he spent almost 12 kg olives.We use like medical,1s every day,the morning,before coffe,or other anything.I know,the bigest % in USA,the food its under MONSANTO,AND GMO.wE FEEL VERY LUCKY FOR OUR FOOD.And if anybody know italian,need to see thishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clpunUu0JOo===The famous italien olive oil,its from Greece.More of 70%.Alexander

  29. Thanks Leah and Gabriella. : )

    As to Liz. Well, she might be drinking bad olive oil!!! lol

    The doctors in Quebec are most professional.

    I studied further. I will find out next week if I have a phosphate reaction to medication. Well, the neurologist will tell me what he knows. Naturally, he will look at the science of it all.

    Alexandros, the diet I am trying to most emulate is the mediterranean diet. Your people eat well! All the best on that.

    It is in the drug itself. I cannot get all the ingredients of Keppra.

    Then I can select better foods, my whole approach to healing. : )

    I will not go into major details, put simply enough, sulphites in food might be interfering with the medications we need. Not just epilepsy.

    It is pretty heavy science actually, and olive oil is a great place to try testing for it.

    It would be like having two magnets, same poles, repelling each other. Except it is a sulphite battling something else. Why in one oil, and not the other??? Probably because the oil is tainted.

    There is no cure for any type of epilepsy. Only as much relief as you can find. : ) It is not a brain chemical imbalance.

    However, the drugs used can cause a chemical imbalance in the body as much as an Aspirin will. And then some.

    The best approach any epileptic uses, is to find it’s enemies, and change. Like no video games for example. And better foods.

    I do not think the general public is truly ready, to understand the concept of tainted food, and the possible reaction with medication.

    I am off to try a recipe!

  30. I just purchased Colavita from the health store.I poured it in my salads and felt very unpleasant taste.Unusual bitterness. Also I was wondering why every single olive oil on the shelf was extra vergin and not expensive. Just started to question this matter And Boom now imreading this article.

  31. The bible is the secret to eating, and it’s always talked about olive oil, Deut 8 : 7 , 8 , Mic 6 : 15 , Ez 16 : 13 , Zech 4 : 12 [Niv] bible . as well as red wine, and grains . Think about it, every food science comes out with showing the great benefits, the bible has always talked favorable about . Fish, red wine , olive oil ,grains, honey etc . Check out my site[ foundation of nutrition the bible] . Google it .

  32. I have tried many olive oils and lately I am in my second bottle of LUCINI which I use only in my salads which I have every day. It is kind of expensive. It is the Premium Select extra Virgin. First Cold Press product of Italy. Produced exclusively for Chico, CA 95973
    However also it Gluten Free and NON GMO it does not have the initials you mention. Also the brand is not mention in your report although is in major upscale stores in the Miami Beach are, like Whole Foods.
    Please help me.
    Nancy

  33. I just purchased Guillen Extra Vrigin Olive Oil from Spain in a green glass bottle with the expiration date of 08/2019. Does anyone know if this is good olive oil or fake? I would like to return it if it is fake. Thank you.

  34. Badia organic extra virgin olive oil first cold pressed it says it is a product of Spain it’s got the non-GMO label on it the USDA organic label on it is this real or fake olive oil

  35. I was wondering the same thing.
    However, I have been buying “Carlini” extra Virginia Olice oil, for YEARS. That oil does not have ANY “seal” on the bottle.
    I need to know if it’s fake!!

    1. Sassy, for sure “Carlini” extra Virginia Olive oil is a certified olive oil. I am just about to update the list above which I keep doing as I learn more.
      Carla, I haven’t found anything on Badia yet but that does not mean it is fake, sounds like from what you an Rosa are saying that it is a good one.

  36. Spain is a big international exporter of Olive oil, so definitely is not fake. All spaniard brands use the cold pressed process to get the most pure and virgin oil from the olives. Badia is a reputable brand in Spain, so don’t worry, is a good product.

  37. Diana Herrington, there are some false info on your article:

    Do not buy light olive oil or a blend; it isn’t virgin quality.
    False. Blend can refer to different cultivar of olive threes, it’s not necessarily a bad thing

    Olive oil can get old and rancid. A simple test for a “good” olive oil is to taste a little on a spoon. Not rancid, real olive oil will have a fruity taste in the front of your mouth and a peppery taste in the back of your mouth.
    False. All EVO’s will loose the peppery and fruity taste starting 6 months after production date. This does not mean the oli is not good anymore, if it’s natural it just happens. You can use a great olive oli for years after has been produced, it will change flavor and color, but that’s it. Unfortunately unless you can get the EVO chemically tested you never know if the product has been counterfeit.

    Italy has amazing small farms that produce amazing olive oils. I would never buy from any of these big brands.

    1. Anna, Thank you for your comments, I appreciate checking facts and clarifying and often I learn from doing that.

      What I am referring to above is ‘Recognizing Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil’, a blend of other oils that are not olive oil is a blend. I saw an olive oil in my local Italian market last week that had on the label that it was a blend of safflower oil and olive oil so it was not real extra virgin olive oil. I was happy to see that the company did label it honestly. Also, I know it will be better for frying with as my friend pointed out that he always bought that variety for years.

      The truth is that ‘Olive oil can get old and rancid’. As Olive Oil Times who are experts on this fact say: “The sad truth is that most people in the US, for example, are accustomed to the flavor of rancid olive oil.
      All olive oils, even the finest ones, will get rancid eventually.
      Olive oil is best consumed within a year of harvest.
      Most oils, if unopened and stored in a cool dark place, will still be good for up to two years”
      There is much more in that article to learn about.

      I am sure many of the small farms produce good olive oil. Also, many of the large companies are doing a very good job of processing very good Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil so they are good to purchase from.

  38. When I looked up Olea Estates on Amazon the only one that came up was one that just stated Olea, not Olea Estates, and it is from Spain, not Greece. Is this the same one referred to above as the superior oil?

  39. Most of these olive oils ,are the same,, ,,,,the difference only is the label, Many individuals,wanting to make extra money,, buy in bulk,,re bottle in small bottles,relabel with their own little label..and then sell to whoever may.

  40. I question the comment prior to Sassy Lassy’s. Diana stated above she is sure Carlini is certified. Maybe we can ask Diana how she determined that.

  41. Just as information regarding the refrigerator test for olive oil: the Carlini Extra Virgin from Aldi did not change at all in the fridge, supposedly indicating not pure, but seems from posts and answers that it is for real. It does taste a little light, but it is ridiculously inexpensive. Comments?

  42. Saw this a few months back and was really disappointed,then it resurfaced this week.My favorite is Trader Joe`s Spanish.As trying to follow semi-paleo guidelines,that was awful to learn that while I think I am avoiding soy/safflower/canola,etc I may NOT be?!not disappointed that it resurfaced,but disappointed that the problem may be more extensive than we first thought…guess I will stick to Californians for now(rather than Meditterraean regions…would like any/all feedback/updates..thanks

  43. I haven’t been able to find out if Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil (in the tin) is among the real & pure olive oils or not. How can you find out?

  44. you cite the uc davis study in support of the kirkland brand being passable olive oil. however, the word kirkland does not appear anywhere in the uc davis study so i do not understand how it can be used to support your conclusion that a passable brand is kirkland. please clarify. thanks.

  45. Whomever gets this on time, please watch BestOliveOils.com on your computer at 5:30 (NY time) today, Thursday, 4/27/17. The results of the International Olive Oil Competition will announce the winners of the largest EVOO judging in the world. There are over 900 world-wide extra virgin olive oils being judged by 15 international judges. You will also find the results posted on the website after the competition. It can also be found after the judging on YouTube as well as the finals from 2016. That’s a great starting point for those of us who swear by this healthy necessity to our diets.

    EVOO enthusiasts will find a host of information on OliveOilTimes.com.

  46. I was suggested to eat two tablespoon of olive oil before bed and to apply it on my colon area as i am suffering from anal fissure.I would request you to help me suggest a brand that can eaten and applied.

  47. I’ve been getting Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin (Mediterranean) Olive Oil from Aldi. It has a greener tint, is highly fragrant, and a bit bitter. Remarkably low price too. The brand met the standard of the North American Olive Oil Association in 2016. Anyone know how it measures up to the standards on this thread?

  48. I bought a three litre can of blended olive oil. 80%-sunflower/20%-olive oil. I could use it for pop-corn, pan-fried
    whatever and it never had any off taste smell. Great quality. Good for high temp frying. I still had to have my regular olive oil for certain things like pouring on veggies and such.

  49. can anyone tell me if stillwater olive oil coumpany is a trustworthy ? I love the store and the selection is good . so far i have been very pleased with the product. but with all the news about fraud i was just wondering. i send 15.00 a bottle for 12.7 oz

  50. Delallo. Love it. 100% Italian EVO; darker; rich, bright, fruity, little peppery, teeny bitter, full & the little after taste that seems desirable; varieties from Puglia,& Campagnia, Italy; Jeanette, PA; 33.8 oz — $13 thru co-op; glass bottle; salads, seafoods, pasta, soups. I put it in fridge & it got cloudy, solidified = stood the test but, when I used it again :( :( :( … flavor diminished, color got lighter … sad. Will definitely continue to buy unless valid proof it’s adulterated. :) California Olive Ranch in glass is good too.

  51. English is not my mother language if I make some mistake please forgive me My question is which is mostly asked by you How can we buy 100% pure extra virgin olive oil and from where? I am afraid after read your column that 70% olive oil is fake thankyou

  52. I just started using La Espanola EVOO. I find it to be very tasty, with a very deep flavor, both alone and as part of Salad Dressing. Any comments regarding its quality?

  53. While tests carried out on olive oil between 2008 and 2010 revealed that many store-vended oils did not meet the criteria set by regulatory agencies for the “extra virgin” label, the testing did not determine that the oils were “fake” in the sense of not being made from olives. The tested samples did not always meet the stringent extra-virgin standards for taste, aroma, and color, and the flavor profiles of some olive oils were likely overstated, but the samples were not oils produced from another source masquerading as olive oil, nor did the study raise concerns about purity, adulteration, safety, or substitution of various brands of olive oils.Your article is intentionally misleading and can go eat shit and die.

  54. Olive oil is very useful in diabetics two teaspoon in the morning empty stomach and two when you care going to bet try it its natural diabetic cure

  55. We purchased a bottle of Taste & Co. Olive Oil at Bed, Bath & Beyond then the cashier said it was 2 for $10. That’s pretty cheap but we brought the bottles home. They are in very dark containers and say a product of Greece but I see on the back they are made in Italy. I can find nothing about them on line and am wondering if they are a good olive oil. By the price it would seem not but still… information would be appreciated about them.

  56. Is the oil that accompanies loose olives & other items from the “olive bar” in supermarkets etc olive oil ? – I seem to remember reading somewhere that its actually other oils (sunflower, corn oil etc).

  57. I received a promotional offer by mail for Olio Carli Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Could you tell me a little bit about it and how does it rate?

  58. Just noticed my bottle of Lucini Everyday olive oil is a,product of Argentina, and the olives are grown in the Andean foorhills…Thought Lucini was an approved brand…Has a seal ‘Certified Extra Virgin from Applied Sensory Panel
    Any thoughts?

    1. Ellen, I just looked the oil up and this is what I found:
      (October 2017) – Lucini Italia, a leading producer of premium extra virgin olive oils and Italian-inspired gourmet foods, is proud to reintroduce Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil now made using 100% Argentinian olives. Lucini dedicated two years to developing relationships with select producers in Argentina, partnering with exceptional estates in the Andean foothills to craft an extra virgin olive oil that will replace its existing Italian Everyday offering.
      The brand’s award-winning Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® and Organic Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® will remain 100% Italian, produced on partner estates in Italy. Lucini

  59. CONSUMER ALERT! Just returned a horribly rancid bottle of Bertolli Extra Light EVOO to the Ralphs in Manhattan Beach, Ca. I told the cashier I had seen on-line that this brand had a previous recall, and that it may need to do one again. She said she hadn’t been notified of one, and that I could research it and tell her. Oh really, O’reilly??? Is that how it works?? Looked on-line for advice about EVOO, doing the footwork. Got a small bottle of Italian mixed up whatever it is, but it’s not “light” olive oil, from TJ’s, will try the California stuff, pricey, but prolly worth it. But never again Bertolli.

    1. Thank you Alex for the alert.
      Here is what I found online By OLIVE OIL TIMES STAFF on March 17, 2016:
      For the second time in four months, Bertolli and Carapelli olive oils are recalled, this time over concerns about the presence of pesticides.
      Deoleo, the world’s largest olive oil company, has initiated a voluntary recall of Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil (8.5 oz.) and Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, (25.5 oz.), sold in glass bottles in 20 U.S. states, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Here is the link for more info: https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-business/north-america/deoleo-recalls-bertolli-and-carapelli-products/50909

  60. Mam in India we get Extra light olive oil by Borges which they say is healthy for Indian style of cooking.It is made from mixing extra virgin olive oil and refined olive oil.Is it safe for cooking esp frying.

  61. EVOO Is a chemical term that does not assure quality or taste. Any olive oil with less than %0.8 acidity can be labeled extra vergin. This author does not mention that that, which casts a huge doubt about the accuracy of this article and the expertise of its author.

  62. The olive crops in Spain and Italy the past 3 years have been very poor. Most of their oil is being imported from Greece, this is a fact. During harvesting in Crete for example you can see massive tanker trucks with Italian plates leaving the olive oil processing plants headed for the ferry to be taken back and mixed with a certain percentage of their oil (so they can label it as being their own) required by law. The fact that you don’t see many Greek oils in the ratings tells you who’s paying to be in those figures. The fact I didn’t see what is one of the proven best oils in the world (Biolea) from Crete here is testament to how bogus this site is.

  63. I have a bottle of Carapelli 100% organic unfiltered extra virgin olive oil I bought at BJ’s. It was $10 and the back label has origin and production date as well as a best by date. It tastes smooth on the tongue and is peppery in the back of the throat. I’ve been looking for reviews for it, but haven’t found any. This article states carapelli is not a good olive oil. Could they have changed their product since this had been published?

  64. maree asked a question about olio carli Italian extra virgin olive oil and I received an order form also from them and would like to know more about olio carli and if they are a reputable company.

  65. I know this was written 4 months ago but………This is a good article but it may be missing the point. As I understand it, the authenticity of “extra virgin” is not the main concern. The main concern is whether there are other cheaper oils mixed with the olive oil to increase the profits of the makers. Again, as I understand it, these companies, like the juice companies can claim the purity and extra virgin status even while mixing in cheaper, more hazardous oils such as the GMO laden, heart-attack-in-a-bottle canola oil. The olive oil companies make the purity claims only on the portion of the oil that is in-fact olive oil. This is what concerns me, because it is healthy to consume olive oil, but extremely unhealthy to consume canola oil. There doesn’t seem to be any truth in anything American any longer. Everything seems to be a sleight-of-hand deal, duping unassuming Americans into poor health choices all the while thinking they are actually doing the right thing for their bodies. Corporations, toss a little money to your congressman and bam, “carte-blanche” to label as you choose. Truth in labeling, truth in advertising does not mean a hill of beans, these terms are nothing more than political rhetoric, which is in itself, more American BS to unsuspecting Americans.

  66. Glad to see Bertolli’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Made the Grade, I’ve bought it for years. However, recently they’ve started using Plastic bottles instead of Glass, quite a Bad decision for their Good customers! I hope they reverse this, as they’ve done damage to their Name & Product!

  67. If this post is updated on a regular basis (as stated above), then you should know that both 1) Whole Foods California 365 and 2) Trader Joe’s California Estate both have been discontinued.

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