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Different Types of Olive Oil and Their Cooking Uses

Different Types of Olive Oil and Their Cooking Uses
Olive oil is considered to be the queen of oils for its health benefits, strong taste and aroma. Olive oil is a wonderful source of omega-3 monounsaturated fatty acid and antioxidants. You can find different types of olive oil for different prices on the market shelves, depending on their class of nutritional value, taste and method of harvesting, processing and packaging.
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  • Olive oil is considered to be the queen of oils for its health benefits, strong taste and aroma. Olive oil is a wonderful source of omega-3 monounsaturated fatty acid and antioxidants. You can find different types of olive oil for different prices on the market shelves, depending on their class of nutritional value, taste and method of harvesting, processing and packaging. Olive oil falls in 6 basic types.

  • • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

  • Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil’s acidity level is less than 1 % and is rich in antioxidants. That’s what distinguish it from all the other oils and makes it the queen of oils. Extra virgin olive oil is achieved by first cold pressing of freshly picked olives. It is greenish golden to bright green in color and has a strong aroma and taste. High heat cooking inhibits it of nutritional value, flavor and aroma. Extra virgin olive oil is best used in salads.

  • • VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

  • Virgin olive oil is slightly inferior to extra virgin olive oil. The main difference between the two oils is; virgin olive oil has an acidity level around 2.0%. Virgin olive is good for cooking purpose, mainly for sauté and baking and it can be used in salads as well.  Virgin olive oil is good for body and hair massage too.

  • • REFINED OLIVE OIL

  • Refined olive oil is obtained by refining virgin olive oil. Refining virgin olive oil eliminates the acidity level. Refined olive oil is made for bulk consumption and is very cheap. Refined olive oil is considered much inferior to the other varieties of olive oil and it does not have the characteristic flavor, taste or aroma of pure olive oil. Refined olive oil suitable for cooking purposes, but not for salads.

  • • PURE OLIVE OIL

  • Pure olive oil is simple olive oil. It is a blend of refined olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. Pure olive oil has the acidity level around 2.0%, but it is very low in nutritional value in comparison to extra virgin olive oil. Pure olive oil is good for heavy duty cooking but it’s not suitable for salads, as it lacks in taste and aroma.

  • • OLIVE POMACE OIL

  • Olive pomace oil is very similar to pure olive oil. When all the oil and water is extracted from olives, there is still some oil residue left that can be extracted from olive pomace. This oil extracted from olive pomace carries none of the nutrition’s, taste and aroma of extra virgin olive oil. This olive pomace oil is then blended with virgin olive oil to impart some of the benefits of olive oil. Olive pomace oil is good for high heat cooking.

  • • LITE OLIVE OIL or LIGHT OLIVE OIL

  • Generally the term “lite” is taken as low in calories, but it’s not the same case with olive oil. Lite olive oil is actually a very low grade of olive oil. It has the same amount of calories in it, but is low in nutrition’s, taste and aroma of olive oil.  Light or Lite olive oil is suitable for cooking or baking, where the fruity olive flavor would be objectionable.

  • Here is some special variety of olive oil in different types. So visit KhanaPakana Online Shop, few of most popular olive oil products are listed below:

  • El Koura Oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Petria Olive Pomace Oil

  • Baroody Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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  1. i have a one liter of packed extra virgin olive oil. it is two and half years old. i want to know how i can use it in cooking and in other ways please. thanks.

    on Sep 30 2012 7:20AM Report Abuse RAJENDRA GOYAL
  2. Swarup Kumar Maji, you can use cooking olive oil for body use if you find it cheaper. You can also use Olive Pomace Oil or Lite Olive Oil for body. They are cheap and good for body use.

    on Mar 6 2012 6:09AM Report Abuse KP SUPPORT TEAM
  3. Is the cooking oilve oil can be used for body use?

    on Mar 5 2012 9:50AM Report Abuse SWARUP KUMAR MAJI

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