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How to get the best from olive oil
GLISTENING, delicious and healthy – what’s not to like about olive oil?
Since being known as ‘liquid gold’ in ancient times, it is now no longer a sign of luxury but a household product.
But you should fry, drizzle, slosh or splash the stuff?
Vibe catches up with top brand Filippo Berio's UK Managing Director Walter Zanre to get some tips on how to use it.
What should you look for?
Fresh olive oil should be well balanced, not too peppery with just a hint of bitterness.
Bitterness is a positive attribute in olive oil because all olives are bitter, the secret is to have it well balanced.
Avoid bottles which have started to turn orange as it means it is old and has been sitting on shelf for too long.
How long does it keep for?
Bottled extra virgin olive oil has a shelf life of 18 months shelf life when bottled, however if stored in appropriate conditions away from light and heat, it will keep for longer.
How should you use it?
For salad dressing if you select a good quality extra virgin olive oil it needs nothing else other than salt and vinegar, as unlike other oils, it has a very distinctive and pleasing flavour and aroma.
In southern Italy salads are often dressed very simply – with salt, pepper, a drizzle of oil and fresh lemon juice.
It is an urban myth that you can’t fry with it – every Italian starts their pasta sauce by frying their garlic and onion in extra virgin olive oil. If you get the oil to a high temperature it is perfect for shallow and deep frying.
What are the health benefits?
Olive oil is renowned for its health and beauty benefits including protection against heart disease.
Countries in Southern Europe have lower rates of heart disease than those in Northern Europe – this is thought to be due to a diet containing plenty of fruits and vegetables, and rich in olive oil.
It was also discovered that the antioxidants in olive oil could help to protect against damage by free radicals in our bodies which are associated with heart disease, eye disease and neurodegeneration.
It regulates cholesterol levels and help maintains a healthy digestive system and can also help prevent and manage diabetes
For more information, visit filippoberio.co.uk
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