The olive oil we made came from a variety of olives. These olives grewÂ and ripened under the Algarve sun in southern Portugal.
The black varieties included Cornicabra and Galega gave us extra virgin oil of 0.7 degree.
The green varieties of olives produced extra virgin oil of 0.5 degree. These olives were more of a spherical type and some of them were huge with diameters exceeding 3 cm. I have yet to identify these varieties. Most of these trees were grafted by the Portuguese over 50 to 200 years ago.
For an explanation of the degree of olive oil see the previous article.
The healthy benefits are of Extra Virgin Oil are much vaunted .
The verified facts are:
Rich in anti-oxidants so a good nuero protector.
Unrefined olive oil is best as it is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins.
The antioxidants contained in Extra Virgin Oil oil do not break down on heating. This is great as as it means you can cook with extra Virgin Olive oil without loss of the antioxidants. This brings me to the myth of cold pressed olive oil. What temperature is this âcoldâ exactly? Because room temperature varies from 18ÂºC to about 24ÂºC depending on the individual. Unrefined Extra virgin Oil starts to congeal at temperatures below 16ÂºC so you would get very little oil pressing at these temperatures in the cold season of October to December. For this reason olive oil presses have to supply some heat during the extraction process. It does not affect the beneficial properties of the olive oil nor affect the oil's excellent taste which should be peppery ans grassy. Some Extra virgin oils are slightly bitter.
Cooking with Extra Virgin Oil helps prevent the break down and loss of beneficial nutrients like vitamin C in vegetables.
A diet that includes regular amounts Extra Virgin Oil oil has been proved to reduced bone fractures and loss of bone in the elderly.
Facts not completely verified are:
Reduces the risk of Stroke and Heart Attack. This could be true as the Extra Virgin Oil would replace other fats in oneÂ´s diet responsible for cholesterol and restricted flow in the blood vessels.
âWhere can I get some of this fine Extra Virgin Olive oil of yours?â
If you are in Hillingdon, West London or High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, we have a limited stock of this Portuguese unrefined Extra Virgin Olive Oil in 1 litre bottles. EmailÂ ####@lineone.net for details.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28143667 (refers to bone loss)