What does Extra Virgin Mean?

What does Extra Virgin Mean?

Olive oil is considered “extra virgin” when it has been created by pressing the olives without using chemicals, heat or any other processes to extract the juice from the olives. To be classified as an extra virgin olive oil it must meet certain laboratory tests on things like acidity, levels of peroxide, and most importantly it must taste like olives.
It is sometimes hard to tell from reading the label what is in the bottle. Even if the olive oil is labeled extra virgin you cannot be certain that the oil is truly extra virgin as there is no federal standard for labelling. To be sure that the olive oil you’re purchasing is extra virgin, the label should state “Ingredients – Extra Virgin Olive Oil”

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