About Olive Oil

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The wild olive tree originated in Asia Minor in modern Turkey. The Mediterranean diet incorporates olive oil as a key ingredient in a large number of food preparations but it is more than mere food to the peoples of the Mediterranean: it has been medicinal, magical, an endless source of fascination and wonder and the fountain of great wealth and power.

Generally, olive oil is extracted by pressing or crushing olives. Olive oil comes in different varieties, depending on the amount of processing involved. Varieties include:

  • Extra virgin - considered the best, least processed, comprising the oil from the first pressing of the olives
  • Virgin - from the second pressing
  • Pure - undergoes some processing, such as filtering and refining
  • Extra light - undergoes considerable processing and only retains a very mild olive flavor

It's health benefits include:

  • high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidative substances
  • offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels
  • vitamin E, vitamin K and polyphenols are present in olive oil which increase a body’s defensive mechanism and immunity system

Many beauty products are made from olive oil, from soaps and skin lotions to a base in cosmetics.

Our cybercucina.com online store offers many fine olive oils of different types and price ranges and from different countries. Simply visit the Olive Oil Aisle to view our selections.

See also: Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Truffle Oil for more information.

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