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Frequently Asked Questions

Here we publish our answers to your questions.
Sometimes they are repeated, so please check the answers before asking.  
Some questions surprise and even baffle us but we still try to answer as accurately and quickly as possible.  
Please feel free to contact us if you need help or have any questions about our products, services or terms & conditions. 

 

Question: How long is extra virgin olive oil shelf life?
Answer: The shelf life of olive oil is about 2 years after bottling. Usually olive oil is bottled immediately before shipment from the producer to the store.

Question: What are cans for olive oil made of?
Answer: Olive oil canisters are made of tin-plate or aluminium. 

Question: Sometimes there is a residue at the bottom of the bottle. What is it?
Answer: If olive oil is not filtered, there are some olive residuesthat remain after the process of the grinding and pressing olives.

Question: It is true that olive oil becomes rancid over time?
Answer: Only due to too long or improper storage. However, rancidity should not be confused with olive oil bitterness. Many varieties of olives (Picual, Cornicabra, Istrian Belica) impart a bitter taste to olive oil, but this is a fresh and natural bitterness.

Question: What is olive oil smoke point? Can I fry or cook with olive oil?
Answer: Usually it is about 160° C, but some olive oils, such as for example Picual or Arbequina have smoke point 190° C or even more. Yes, you can use olive oil for frying or cooking. Here you’ll find more details. 

Question: How not to buy olive oil of last harvest? Do you label them somehow in your online store? Now is January 2022 so which harvest olive oil can I buy right now?
Answer: Normally we arrange a sale of the old olive oil before the new harvest, so already in November we offer early harvest olive oil. Now, in January 2022, you can buy olive oil made of harvest November and December 2021.

Question: What is the polyphenol content of your olive oil? What does it depend on?
Answer: ​The average value of polyphenols in olive oil is 400 - 600 mg per liter. This amount depends on the variety of olives and the olives harvest period. Olive oil made from early harvested olives contains about 20-30% more polyphenols than regular harvest olive oil. The world record holder for the content of polyphenols is the Spanish olive oil Cornicabra which contains up to 750 mg of polyphenols per 1 liter. More about this.

Question: How much omega-3 & omega-6 olive oil contains?
Answer: The average amount of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in extra virgin olive oil is about 10 g / 100 ml.

Question: Is olive oil really good for hair care? If so, which kind of olive oil do you recommend for this purpose?
Answer: Yes it is. Any type of real extra virgin olive oil is good for your hair. Extra virgin olive oil is an ideal natural balm that deeply nourishes your hair, leaving it soft and shiny. Please note again: only real extra virgin olive oil.

Question: What olive oil is made of?
Answer: Well, it depends… But you can be sure that olive oil you are buying from us is only made of olives. 

Question: Is glass bottle better for longer olive oil storage? Usually I buy your 5L cans of Aegean Gold and pour into a glass bottle for daily use. A 5-liter canister is enough for me for 2 months, so the last 1-2 liters are stored in an open canister for a long time. Isn't it too long? 
Answer: In your case, this is not too long, but it is still advisable to pour the olive oil into several hermetically sealed glass bottles at once. It is also very important to put your olive oil in a dark place if you are storing it in glass bottles instead of a metal can.

Question: What is the best temperature for olive oil storing?
Answer: The ideal temperature for olive oil storing is about 15° C. However you can store it long enough at a temperature up to 20° C. Just remember, if you store olive oil in the kitchen, keep it away from the stove.

Question: Is it good idea to store olive oil in the fridge?
Answer: Absolutely not. Storing olive oil in the refrigerator will not help increase the shelf life of the product. In addition, taking a bottle out of the refrigerator, you will not be able to immediately enjoy the taste and aroma of your olive oil. It will become thick and cloudy and it will take you a couple of hours to bring it back to life.

Question: What Is the difference between extra virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil? Why don’t you have virgin olive oil? 
Answer: According to the International Olive Oil Council standards, both virgin and extra virgin olive oils are extracted by using only mechanical methods. That means no heat or solvents are allowed during olive oil producing process. The only difference between extra virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil is the acidity level. If the olive oil has acidity that is less than or equal to 0,8% then it is extra virgin olive oil. Virgin olive oil has acidy between 0,8% and 2,0%. The lower the acidity, the better the taste of olive oil. This is the answer to the second question. That is why we only offer you extra virgin olive oil.

Question: Why has your olive oil product line not changed for so long? Every year the same producers and the same bottles!
Answer: Because “the best is the enemy of the good”. We are lucky with our olive oil producers. Every year they delight us with the same bottles with excellent olive oil. And every time it’s better and better. Of course we assume that somewhere somebody has made something brilliant. And next year there will be someone else. So what? Your wife is not a fashion model, but she is thousand times better than any of them, and you know that!

Question: How can I know the best before date of olive oil before I order it?
Answer: Just send us an inquiry before buying, we will respond quickly!

Question: Doesn't filling in a metal can affect the taste? What is the best packaging for olive oil? 
Answer: Metal cans reduce transportation and storage costs, but of course, the best solution in terms of health benefits are glass bottles.