First Pressed and Cold Pressed... What Do They Mean?
First Pressed and Cold Pressed... What do they mean?
- “First pressed” – means the olives were crushed and pressed once...makes sense right? Olive pressed more than once are considered lower quality, and do not qualify as extra virgin.
- “Cold pressed” – means that no added heat is used when pressing the fruit for the oil. The olives never exceed 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit during the process. Keeping the olives cooler ensures maximum quality oil... aka extra virgin.
Extra virgin olive oil on the other hand is pressed only once (first pressed) using no heat or solvents (cold pressed) by strictly mechanical means. It carries a higher price tag than other oils you see on the shelf but for good reason. Extra virgin olive oil contains the most nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins of any other classification of oil. Not to mention the intoxicating grassy aroma and nutty, smooth taste are unparalleled. Fresh olives makes fresh oil, it's as simple as that!
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