Pasta, great cheese, best-tasting wine, and olive trees are most often associated with Italy and the Italian culture. Throughout the country, more than two million acres are covered by gorgeous olive groves, contributing to Italy’s unique Mediterranean feel. Genuine extra virgin olive oil is greatly admired by both enthusiasts and the general public. It’s arguably Italy’s most valuable commodity and cultural heritage.
Aside from its unique, delicious taste, olive oil has a lot of health benefits, including lowering the risk of heart disease and regulating blood sugar. Nearly every Italian recipe includes olive oil in some shape or form and for a good reason. It’s rich taste, spiciness and acidity define the flavor of some of the most popular meals, and it’s hard to imagine any Mediterranean-based diet without it. However, not all olive oil is made the same, even in Italy.