What's your favorite Olive Oil?

Joined Dec 30, 1999
Just wondering what all of you use. Looking for something relatively inexpensive and easily found. (I know, you all have rare, high priced treasures....!) ;)
Joined Nov 15, 2000
At home, I use Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil for everyday. It is a good all purpose olive oil for a reasonable price, but not your regular supermarket cheap olive oil. Then I purchase more expensive oils, maybe one every 6 weeks or so. Each time it is a different one. I am trying new recipes all the time and this helps me target specific kinds of cuisines as well as trying different oils. I usually get a smaller bottle so I can use it up within 6 weeks.Then I go to the next one. This way it
keeps the cost down too.
Joined Oct 5, 2001
Dear cchiu:

Great news! High price does not necessarily mean good quality.

Testing olive oils is one of the more pleasurable parts of my business. I recently tested a $49.00 (for a half liter bottle) olive oil and I compared it to a $12.99 one that was produced in the exact same region of the same country. The cheaper one was by far the better one.

I always try to find out about the producer or the origin of each oil that I try, and in this example, the results were interesting. The cheaper oil was not from a cooperative where oils are combined from neighboring farms nor was it from a large bottler or "producer" that sometimes incorporates lower quality olive oils into their "blend". The cheaper one came from one small farm and the more expensive one was produced by a cooperative from the same region as the cheaper one. The journey to the retail store can often disproportionately affect the price of the oil. So, in my search for flavor and the other organoleptic qualities, I find that information about the origin of the oil helps me to identify what I am buying.

Being in the olive oil industry, I cannot name my favorite olive oils in our forum. What I can say is that olive oil is a very personal affair. I invite you to read my previous postings on this matter.

(I am so proud of myself! This is the shortest answer I have posted to an olive oil question!!!!) :D
Joined Mar 13, 2001
"Vert Nouveau" Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Andrea Pensabene Agroalimentari
Pizza Leoni 49 - Palermo

For normal use though, I like Colavita.

Thanks for asking.

Joined Aug 29, 2000
Here's another vote for Colavita EV. I don't use it for dipping bread (I dont' eat much bread) so I want the flavor for marinades, salads and main dishes that don't need high temperatures.
Joined Aug 11, 2000
well for salads I like spanish olive oil or a fruity dark green house oil from Rattos in SF
to cook with I use light Bertollis, not much flavor
I don't use EV for cooking.
Joined Aug 4, 2000
I like Pompeian Olive oil - for the time being.

A recent article in Cook's Illustrated compared olive oil to wine: different years can mean either a good or bad crop. Wheat is the same way. Crops vary yearly and what is good this year may be lousy the next. :eek:
Joined Dec 23, 2000
We found a family in Sacramento, CA that makes a wonderful, handmade EV oil. They sell it at the Farmers' Market in
Walnut Creek every Sunday of the year, and also by mail.

Angelo Santa Emanuele Sebastian

"Bariani grows their own olives and harvests them by hand. Its 100% pure olive oil, natural and unrefined. Since none of the natural antioxidants are removed, the oil retains its beautiful green olive color along with its frangrance and wonderful flavor. Bariani... its like having homemade olive oil right in your kitchen. What a treasure." Qoute fron the website "Elenora's Kitchen"

Bariani Olive Oil
9460 Bar du Lane
Sacramento, CA 95829
Tel :(916)689-9059
E-mail:[email protected]

Joined Jan 1, 2001
I don't know who packages their product, but I enjoy Trader Joe's private label olive oil---both the extra virgin and pure.The flavor is great and it's also a good deal--about $5.99/liter.
Papa-thanks for that description of your taste testing experience. Will you explain to me what "organoleptic" qualities of olive oil are? It sounds like something I should know about.
Joined Apr 30, 2001
Another vote for Colavita for every day!

Mind if I add on a question? Do you buy flavored olive oils, flavor your own oils, or disdain the use of flavored oils? Just curious.
Joined Nov 15, 2000
I enjoy infusing my own olive oil so I usually do not purchase one that is already made. It is very easy to do and you can control the ingredients that are in it.
Joined Jan 26, 2001
All purpose: Whole Foods organic extra virgin olive oil

Salad: BioItalia organic Italian extra virgin olive oil

Drizzling: Morrocan Olive Oil (has a nice peppery quality to it) from Williams Sonoma

Cooking and baking: Trader Joe's organic Italian Olive oil.
Joined Nov 5, 2000
Wonder how expensive the olive oil Auberge du Soleil uses for their all over olive oil body treatments...<seeking pampering...>
Joined Dec 15, 1999
At home in Israel i didn'y know olive oil come in brands with fancy names and bottles. We used to go down to the village(we live on a mountain sorround by oceans of olive trees far as the eye can see) during the harvest time and get some of the press, after choosing the olives.
That was fun, although the smell associated with olive harvest is the aroma of diaheria from the rotting pits and olive straineed olive mush.

When I cook, I don't use one but three or more olive oils according to need and finanace. Blended cheap non strong flavored for sautting, one more priced for most salads, one expensive delicate for desserts, and one special expensive for last touches.
You should remember that like wine, a good olive oil qualities dissapear with long cooking while bad qualties keep forever, so never used a bad one.

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