Is the highest quality and most expensive Olive Oil classification. It has no defects and a flavour of fresh olives. In chemical terms it is described as having free acidity and expressed as oleic acid of not more than 0.8g per 110g. It must be produced entirely by mechanical means withoutthe use of any solvents and under tempretures that will not degrade the oil. In order to qualify as \” Extra Virgin\” the oil must pass an official chemical test in a laboratory. In essence this is pure Olive juice in its finest form.
OTHER GRADES OF OIL
Is pure olive oil that has slight defects and imperfections. It has a free acidity of not more than 2g per 100g.
Refined Olive Oil
Is obtained from virgin Olive Oils by refining methods that do not lead to alterations in the initial glyceridic structure. It has a free acidity of no more than 0.3g per 100g.
Is a blend of refined oil and Virgin Olive Oils. It has a free acidity of no more than 1g per 100g.
Is the oil derived from the blend of refined olive pomace and Virgin Olive oils. It has a free acidity of no more than 1g per 100g.
Among the different types of olive oils, extra virgin olive oil and pure olive oil are the richest in vitamin E (antioxidant action) and fitosterols (substances that help reduce cholesterol levels in blood). All olive oils are noteworthy due to their high content of monounsatured fat, especially oleic acid.