Olive Oils are all the same? Really?
There are many types of olive oils in the Canadian market at this time.
Typically the oils we can buy in Canada will fall into one of these categories (remember I am no expert, but this list will suffice for most, I know the experts and aficionados will have a more robust list, they will get into cold pressed, what solvents could be used etc…)
Canola or Vege Oils & Olive Oil blends – These should not even be classed as Olive Oils – pure and simple – just avoid these. There is no point.
Pomace Olive Oils – This is the lowest grade to me that can at least be called olive oil. Made from the olive pulp that remains after first pressings. Again – I would avoid. And again, these are technically not even considered Olive Oils by the IOOC ( International Olive Oil Council)
Pure Olive Oils – These are a mix of refined olive oil and virgin olive oils. These are popular in Canada as the flavour profile tends not to be as strong as 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The Canadian pallet typically prefers this type of olive oil on salads etc…. This is also what many will use when frying, as they are less expensive than EVOO’s (Extra Virgin Olive Oils).
Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) – These are the oils that made from only the fruit of the tree and are extracted from the fruits by mechanical or physical means – not chemical (refined). This is the ONLY grade of Olive Oil that I will use at home. No point in any others. I will cook with these and I will serve with salads or whatever else I can pour oil on. When cooking, just watch your heat, these oils are delicate and will burn easily.
Ok – so why the post?
I am writing this as I have been asked recently by many friends as to what and why we carry what we carry at @LondonDrugs. They actually think I know :D !!
Listed at this time are 3 Brands of Olive Oil; Berio, A. Genco, and Hermes.
The most popular brand is the Filippo Berio Brand – Link Here – ( Huge Brand in Italy and in Canada for that matter – still owned and run by the founders family!!)
We have the following formats; we carry one EVOO Organic in 500ml, EVOO’s in 750ml and 3 litre and Pure’s in 750ml and 3 litre.
Berio Brand is a blend of Olive Oils from many parts of Europe. Mostly Italian, Greek and Spanish Olive Oils. Each country has distinct flavour profiles and since olives yields and flavours, much like grapes for wines, can change year on year; Berio ensures that their oils have a consistent taste profile because of the blending. A bottle this year will taste very similar to the bottle last year; very smooth and really nice to use on everything. Pretty cool.
The second brand we carry is A.Genco Brand (Imported by a local East Vancouver Company). This is a 100% Italian Olive Oil – Grown, processed and packed in Italy. Very rich and with deep fruity flavours. I really like this one for cooking or when you really want to taste the full flavours of the olives (for me that is anytime!!)
We carry a 1 litrel and 3 litre EVOO’s as well as a 1 litre Pure as an in and out.
Finally we carry a single selection of the Hermes Brand, a 3 litre tin in an EVOO offering. Again, very different flavours than the Berio blends, or of Italian Olives of the A.Genco Brand. Greek olive oils have a very unique flavour profile.
All 3 brands offer unique taste profiles; it will really be a matter of you picking what suites you best – no right or wrong answer here. We have given you 3 nice brands to choose from with very distinct flavours that will satisfy most pallets and most situations.
Enjoy the taste and numerous benefits of using Olive Oils – Check out this posting for more info;
Give any of these Olive Oils a try – you will love the differences of each and I am sure that you will be able to pick either a favourite that you will use and love, or better yet, find a use for all 3!!
That last one would make me feel very happy! Remember, I am the retailer!! We love to sell!!
Ciao for now @kootenayborn