I recently bought a fairly large amount of the Bariani white label. One the webite I was pretty sure that the new 2022 fall harvest white label was said to have 840 mg/L of polyphenols but the site changed it to 612mg/L. Still pretty high and it was the only EVOO that has made me cough and is very fresh. I looked for quite awhile to find a reasonably priced EVOO with high polyphenol actual count, actually tested. I get a strong impression that decent inexpensive EVOOs like Bertolli and Filippo Berio where you can actually experience some clear burning in the throat are are between like 100 and 300 mg/L. I myself have really tasted only one EVOO that tasted great and that was a Picual from a OO store in Half Moon Bay a few years back. Now a different Picual popped up in a search that is stated to have 785mg/L polyphenols at a super reasonable price. Much less expensive than the Bariani but probably not as fresh. Up till this new find the Bariani was the EVOO with the best cost /polyphenol ratio. I'm probably good for 6 months of so but I will be checking this oil out in the future. Most EVOO that boast a high polyphenol count that actually did the measurments are very to outrageously expensive .Howdy KKF,
What are your recommendations for good quality olive oils? I'm mostly interested here in finishing vs. cooking. Dressings, drizzling over pasta, bread, etc.
La Vialla does some nice research on Polyphenols, they even sell a polyphenol extract from the water separated after pre" of the polyphenols
Oleocanthal, said to be "arguably the most important polyphenol' is oil soluble so is not found in the water extract. The leaf has many if not all of the other polyphenols and I think the major water soluble ones so IMO a water extract of the olives themselves sounds like marketing hype. Oleocanthal is what burns the back of the throat. I was told that there is a different type of burning in the throat if leaves were pressed with the oil.La Vialla does some nice research on Polyphenols, they even sell a polyphenol extract from the water separated after pressing
Just got my 2 bottles of Fattoria La Vialla 2022 vintage olive oil. Great stuff. So peppery it made me sneeze. Tried some with the Balsamic Invecchiato IGP vinegar. The oil was top shelf. As for the Balsamic I prefer the flavour and consistency of my old fav from Villa Manodori. But its decent considering the price.
Appreciate the heads up on this packaging option! Yep, I do like Fix & Fogg, and it's based here in Wellington.Awesome, appreciate the follow-up! And that Fix & Fogg peanut butter is the best, isn’t it.
Yep, there's good olive oil made here, there's one I use regularly as a finishing/dipping oil but it costs more than imports; also the harvest is in June or so, so I'll wait until the next one is available before re-upping on that.just out of curiosity; are there olives planted and thriving in New Zealand?
I pmed you my address. Merry ChristmasI highly recommend oliveoillovers.com, because they pretty much do all the legwork to ensure everything is current year's harvest, and shipping (to them) and storage has been scrutinized. Only used a few times, but I tend to pick up a few bottles of robust/mild fancy stuff, and a 3-5L can for cooking. To be honest, the can stuff is very good. I just ordered a bunch of nuevo futures, due in early December. Planning on using that as xmas gifts this year.
I've been wondering about these! Starting to see it pop up with the foodie influencers and didn't know if it was just a good marketing budget. I'll freely admit the bottle is a selling point for meGraza is nice and the squeeze bottles are very convenient (you can load your own with any brand, of course, but it's nice to have it come that way). Sizzle for cooking, Drizzle for finishing.
I've been using Graza for a few months now. I can't say it's better or worse than other good quality olive oils. For example, I really like Cobram Estate California Select, and I've also had really good experiences with Sciabica's Marsala California. But the Graza squeeze bottle is a huge plus.I've been wondering about these! Starting to see it pop up with the foodie influencers and didn't know if it was just a good marketing budget. I'll freely admit the bottle is a selling point for me