When we call olive oil “extra virgin,” it refers to the quality of olive oil and the free fatty acid content in the EVOO. If olive oil is labeled “extra virgin,” the free fatty acid content must be less than 0.5 percent Ffa. What does that mean in layman’s terms? Extra virgin olive oil is as pure as can be with little or no defects present.
If the word “fatty” up there threw you for a loop, you don’t have to worry. The fats in extra virgin olive oil aren’t the same kind you find in fast food burgers and fried chicken. They are monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acids that can significantly reduce cholesterol and decrease blood pressure in men and women. The fatty acids in EVOO also have the ability to protect your heart when working in conjunction with the anti-oxidants like vitamin E, beta-carotene, and polyphenols. Polyphenols are anti-oxidants that help protect blood cells and reduce inflammation in the body. One unique polyphenol– hydroxytyrosol (HT)—actually works to strengthen the cellular walls of your blood vessels for a stronger cardiovascular system and a healthier body overall.
One thing many folks don’t realize is that extra virgin olive oil is actually fruit juice made from the olives. Because we don’t add chemicals or solvents to create excess oil not produced through the natural method, our extra virgin olive oil has a longer shelf life. So when you pay a little more for quality, cold pressed EVOO, you’re really just making a better investment; for your pocket, for your health, and definitely for the flavor.
The extra virgin olive oil we produce at Texas Olive Ranch has a very fresh, grassy, and earthy tone with the telltale kick in the back of the throat that is not only pleasing to the palate, but is a sign of a high amount of polyphenols (a helpful reminder that you’re getting those helpful antioxidants in your diet). We pride ourselves on the purity and freshness of our extra virgin olive oil—every bottle we make and sell at Texas Olive Ranch is certified EVOO.
With all the benefits of adding extra virgin olive oil in your diet, you’d be surprised that there are inferior products on the shelves of supermarkets. When you buy EVOO from Texas Olive Ranch, you’re ensuring that you’re getting the best possible product, produced locally and ethically. We’re so confident in the quality of our extra virgin olive oil, we invite you to come visit us so we can show you ourselves!