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Arbequina Olive Oil

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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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Olive Oil in Bag-In-Box: How to Use?

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Olive oil in a bag within a box (Bag-In-Box) is a relatively new notion in the olive oil industry. We introduce the concept to Singapore last year for our olive oil users. As of date, we are not aware of any local olive oil suppliers/distributors embrace this idea.

Without doubts, the two most important benefits of Bag-in-Box are, firstly, it is value-for-money, and second, it keeps the content fresher for a longer period after opening.

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Olive Oil in Bag-in-Box. Why?

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Bag in a box to wine lovers is not a stranger. The benefits of Bag-in-Box are many folds. The most important one is keeping the content fresher for a longer period after opening.

The olive oil industry has recently started to package olive oil in this way. We are quick to introduce this new packaging to our Singaporean friends. Let’s find out what Bag-in-Box is all about?

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Does Olive Oil “Expire”?

When we pick up a bottle of olive oil at a grocery store, or anything in fact, we will almost always check for the “expiry date” printed on the product.

We don’t use “expiry” date in olive oil to signify the “use by” date. Instead, the term “best before” date is used. The two mean very different things.

Does olive oil “expire”? Does “expired” olive oil hurt? Here we will explain.

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How to Buy Great Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

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The Straits Times recently reported in Is that really extra-virgin olive oil in the bottle? that our consumer watchdog CASE has asked supermarkets to check on the quality of the extra virgin olive oil on their shelves.

This request was triggered by complaints in Europe over using low quality virgin olive oil and passing it off as higher quality extra virgin olive oil. What is shocking is that the brands implicated in the allegation actually include some of the most popular and commonly found brands.

Are we really paying for extra virgin olive oil? An article that appeared in The Straits Times offers 7 things to look out for, but here, we present our 7 practical tips to help you choose and buy good quality extra virgin olive oil.

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