Sunday, November 22, 2009

Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Crete

My brother and his new wife recently had their honeymoon in Greece. They visited Santorini, Athens and the beautiful island of Crete. Olive oil is one of the most important elements of the Cretan civilization and is considered to be of the utmost quality. So when they brought us back a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, we were psyched. In Crete you can buy olive oil with an acidity level anywhere from 0,1 to 1%. In North America we're used to the higher acidic levels and finding something on the lower end is near impossible. 0,3 was the lowest they could find when they were there, and that's what we got.

My husband and I did a taste test with our current olive oil, imported from Italy. The flavour of ours was quite robust in comparison. The Cretan oil was much lighter and more smooth. This oil is ideal for raw consumption in salads, which is what we'll be saving it for. My sister-in-law stressed that we shouldn't heat or cook with it. This liquid gold is a delicacy that's meant to be enjoyed as is.

If you ever take a trip somewhere and need to bring back a souvenir for someone, you can't go wrong with whatever the local food specialty is. It beats knick-knacks any day! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to receive this! Thanks guys!

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