Olive Oil: Flavours of our time

Many people ask about the difference between regular olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil.


Regular olive oil has the oil extracted by heating, whilst extra-virgin olive oil is unrefined (not being processed with chemicals or heat), cold pressed and it has less oleic acid than regular olive oils, because the fat content has not been broken down. Usually, extra-virgin olive oils have more colour and – again, usually – a peppery flavour can be detected. To grow the different varieties of olives, which are required for the oils and other productions, the climate is most important. Hot, dry summers and cool winters provide the perfect environment for the olive groves.

The family business of Casa de l’Oli is based in Southern Catalonia, Spain and Suffolk, England. Premium olives are crushed within 24 hours following harvesting and then processed without heat. This method of production creates and ensures the aroma, flavour and exquisite taste of the juices from the olives, whilst retaining vital nutrients.

Casa de l’Oli offers a splendid range of extra-virgin olive oils, including several which are flavoured with fresh ingredients (fruits, herbs, vegetables), utilising the cold-pressed Arbequina olives to great advantage.

From the range of flavoured extra-virgin olive oils the Fresh Lemons add a burst of citrus. Wild Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Fennel) and Fresh Rosemary are extremely popular too. Other choices include Fresh Oranges – great with duck cuisine and also salmon. Fresh Mint is appealing, for many, being nicely refreshing. Also, Fresh Ginger evokes thoughts of Oriental travels! Other flavoured productions include Basil, Garlic, Chillies and more.

Very much worthwhile looking into also  are the company’s other delectations and offerings, such as Aged Balsamic Vinegar, for example. Greatly impressive products, with excellent presentations, from a company that is committed and dedicated to the requirements and satisfaction of customers.

For all details please contact and/or visit their most informative website, which includes information about very attractive, custom-built gift boxes, forthcoming events, plus stockists and easy, online ordering. Highly recommended.

As always,




Independent Restaurant and Wine reviews. Trevor is not associated with any of the products or venues featured.

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