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Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Credit: Olive Oil from Spain.

When we buy extra virgin olive oil, we don’t often pay attention to the olive variety that is being used to make the olive oil. This is largely inadvisable.

Like wines, which are produced from different grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, extra virgin olive oils are also made from different olive varieties.

Each olive variety has its own characteristics, personality and intensity. Here is a look at one of the olive varieties widely planted worldwide and used in culinary preparation: Arbequina.

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Can We Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Cooking?

Image: flickr. The holy oils of cooking

One question people often ask: Can we use extra virgin olive oil for home cooking? And at a high temperature? If your answer is a “oh, no,” well, don’t worry, you are not the only one who would have reacted as such.

Like many other misconceptions of the use of extra virgin olive oil (here and here), research studies such as this has dispelled the myths of frying with extra virgin olive oil at high temperatures.

Here, however, we want to explore another more interesting question …

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