Although a product may be labelled "Extra Virgin", there is a chance that the contents may not be what they claim. A study by UC Davis found that 69% of products labelled extra virgin did not meet the minimum requirements to be labelled as such. For those seeking the health benefits found in a good quality, fresh extra virgin olive oil, this misrepresentation is troubling.
So as consumers, how do we know if we are selecting a quality product? At Della Terra rest assured that we take industry fraud very seriously. All of our Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils are third party lab tested to verify authenticity, quality and purity. We will always provide crush dates - far more important than arbitrary "best before" dates. The chemistry speaks to the condition of the fruit, production methods, storage and freshness of an oil. A great consumer resource is The Truth in Olive Oil which lists Della Terra and other trusted suppliers of fresh, high quality extra virgin olive oil.
In addition to chemistry, becoming familiar with a particular extra virgin olive oil’s flavour characteristics will help you make an educated decision about which olive oil is right for you. Each olive oil that we present to you has been sensory evaluated by Paul Vossen, one of the world's most renowned olive oil connoisseurs. His tasting notes will help guide you to finding the varietals that you will truly enjoy.
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