For thousands of years, olive oil has been a key part of a healthy and delicious diet throughout the Mediterranean. Continuing this rich tradition, Flora's Olive Oil (Extra-Virgin) is pressed from organic, sun-ripened olives, providing omega-6 (1 gram/tbsp.) and -9 (12 grams/tbsp.) essential fatty acids (EFAs), plus its distinctive, rich flavor to the table. Flora's unique hydro-therm technique, inspired by traditional European pressing, uses a gentle, low-temperature method, ensuring the protection of the full spectrum of essential fatty acids and the highest taste and quality.
When oil begins to smoke it starts to breakdown, the process is called thermal oxidation. The smoke indicates that carcinogens are being released into the air and free radicals are forming in the oil. Oil that begins to smoke should ideally be discarded and replaced with fresh oil for optimal health and taste. Beware of highly processed supermarket oils. They are made with a long shelf life in mind, rather than considerations of dietary health.
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Traditional rich flavor, excellent for Middle Eastern cuisine, pasta sauces, salad dressings, and everyday baking or sautéing. These culinary oils are unrefined and unfiltered. Given their delicate nature, they have a very low smoke point and should be used with little or no heat to truly appreciate their sublime flavor. They are best used during the last few minutes of cooking or as a final accent drizzled over a favorite dish. CAUTIONS: These unrefined oils are perishable. For optimum freshness keep them stored in the refrigerator.
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