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We absolutely adore olive oil.
We are reminded of our trips to Italy and Greece with this delightful and rich-flavored European Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
This wonderful olive oil works well in salads, marinades, sautéing, roasting, and drizzled over cheese.
We had a lovely Greek-inspired feast featuring this oil in almost all the dishes!
The fresh olive flavor is perfect poured over feta cheese and sprinkled with dried oregano.
It was served this way alongside fresh Kalamata olives and darling little bread rolls all over Greece.
I also made a Greek salad dressing with red wine vinegar with oregano and basil.
Traditional Greek salads don’t always have lettuce.
It’s just good quality olive oil and oregano.
The olive oil roasted gorgeous my eggplant and zucchini for Briami, a Greek version of the French Ratatouille.
I used olive oil in a marinade for Za’atar grilled chicken.
I sauteed onions in olive oil for Lemon Rice Pilaf.
I probably use olive oil every single day.
Olive oil also a great substitute for butter when making scrambled eggs or omelets. It imparts a unique flavor and health benefits.
About Flavor Your Life
The Flavor Your Life campaign, supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news on European Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The program aims to educate US consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil. To learn more visit flavor-your-life.com.
About Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Olive oil comes from the fruit (known as a drupe) of the plant Olea europaea, or European olive. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made by pressing without heat or chemicals. It represents the freshest
and purest olive oil available.
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil is virtually free of acidity—below 0.8%. This is to assure its quality rather than its taste, because overly processed and rancid oils contain higher levels of oleic acid.
• Olive oils are also tested for peroxide values. Lower values indicate fresher oil and more rapid processing, and are required for Extra Virgin designation. Each oil is judged by expert tasters,
who must agree that it meets the high flavor standards of an Extra Virgin rating.
• These experts also test for taste defects and the presence of positive attributes of fruitiness, bitterness and spiciness. If the oil doesn’t have the signature fruity taste and harmonious balance
it won’t receive an Extra Virgin rating.
• Olive oil has a high smoke point (400° F), so it can handle anything from a light sauté to a deep (and deeply flavorful) fry. You can bake with olive oil as well.
• Between uses, store your oil someplace dark and cool (around 57° F, if possible), not on a counter or near a stove, and never in the refrigerator. Keep the lid screwed on tight and use
your oil within 6 months of opening and within 18 months of purchasing.
Why Choose European?
• The olive tree has been revered in Europe since antiquity. Over thousands of years farmers have evolved hundreds of varieties of olive trees (cultivars) and optimized them for different
environment conditions and terrains to produce the most delicious yields.
• The result of this centuries old bond between the people and the land is the finest extra virgin olive in the world.
• The greatest impact on taste is the type of olive tree (cultivar), region (which affects climate and soil), and time of harvest. Europe offers a vast array of flavor profiles, so keep a variety of
oils in your pantry for different occasions.
• Olives harvested early in the season, late August (varies by region), are under-ripe and produce oils that are greener, more bitter and pungent.
• Olives harvested at the end of the season, late November into December, are overripe and tend to taste mild and buttery.
• Spanish oil is typically golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor.
• Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor.
• Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green.
• French oil is typically pale in color and has a milder flavor.
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Za’atar grilled chicken
- 4 chicken breasts or thighs boneless, skinless
- 1/4 c olive oil
- 1/4 c lemon juice
- 1/4 c Za'atar seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic fresh, chopped or minced
- 1 t salt and pepper to taste
Marinade chicken in all ingredients in plastic bag or bowl for at least one hour in the fridge.
Grill chicken on medium-high heat for about 8 minutes per side. Don't flip often or push down or they will become dry. Grill until internal temperature reaches at least 155 degrees. (We think charcoal grills impart more flavor.)
Serve with your favorite rice and salad!