BOHEMIA, N.Y., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Bellucci Premium, a high quality extra virgin olive oil producer, provides 5 tips on shopping for olive oil to ensure the greatest value, quality, and freshness.
Although packaging choices may not seem important in the purchasing process, how olive oil is stored very much impacts the quality of the oil. Always avoid oils in clear, plastic bottles. The transparency of the bottle allows light in, which can spoil the oil much quicker. Also, the plastics used in the bottle can alter the taste, as well as the chemistry, of the oil. Instead, look for dark, glass bottles. These types of bottles will keep out harmful light and avoid any kind of material contamination.
By definition, extra virgin grade olive oil must have acidity levels of 0.8% or lower. Anything above this figure is not extra virgin, even if it is marketed so, and does not have the same nutrient levels, taste, or aroma as its extra virgin counterpart.
3. Look at the harvest date of the oil.
Regarding olive oil, age matters. The estimated shelf life for any given bottle is two years. Very few olive oil producers will have a harvest date to appear on their bottles at all. This added bottle feature allows customers to know what they are buying is fresh and creates more trust between producer and consumer.
4. Taste test.
Perhaps the most telling test of all, tasting the oil can expose its quality. If the oil has a rich, flavorful taste and a decadent aroma, the oil is of a high quality. If the oil is bland or rancid, it has either spoiled or is not extra virgin.
5. How it is stocked.
As previously mentioned, any light that can enter a bottle of olive oil poses a threat to its freshness. Therefore, reach for bottles in the back of the shelf at grocery stores. These bottles have received the least amount of light exposure and therefore will last longer.
Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.
Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, Bellucci Premium, 855-347-4228, email@example.com
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