Olive oil has always been celebrated for it’s luscious flavour and many health benefits – it’s a fast-growing product and an essential ingredient for chefs and home cooks everywhere. But you might be surprised to learn that when you’re buying, and paying top dollar, for olive oil you might not even be getting a pure product as stated on the label.
You might have heard the term”fradulant oil” in the news lately. That term describes oil that claims to be made from one thing, like olives, but is actually a blend of olive and other crop oils. As demand grows, so does the amount of fradulant oils made and sold to customers who have no idea they might be buying olive oil diluted with up to 50% sunflower or soybean oils.
How do we combat this issue? By buying our oils from companys who are transparent and trustworthy with their processes and products. At FoodiePages, supporting small business is what we do because we believe in putting our hard earned dollars back into our own Canadian economy while supporting emerging makers from coast to coast. But another wonderful offshot of buying locally is we’re able to visit farms, factories, studios and shops to check out how the food we sell is made.
Selling Olive Oil, or the “elixir of life” as Theo Rallis, a Canadian of Greek heritage living in Windsor, Ont., prefers to call it, is something we want to do right. And when we discover brands like Rallis Olive Oil that are challenging centuries of tradition with their Ice Pressed Olive Oils, we’re all ears (and mouths)!
Rallis Ice-Pressed Olive Oil has been pressed in the completely without heat and is 20-30 times colder than traditional cold-pressed olive oil. How does ice-pressed olive oil compare to cold-pressed olive oil? It’s a critical distinction in terms of maintaining the oil’s nutritive and healing potential. It also allows Rallis to stake claim as one of the world’s only RAW producers of olive oil. The result is a raw, living oil that is both super nutritious and incredibly tasty.
One of the easiest measures of a good quality is an olive oil’s acidity. A premium olive oil will test at 0.3% acidity. Rallis Ice-Pressed Olive Oil produces an acidity of 0.017% – near perfect! Another reason to love this oil? It’s made using a cutting edge farming technique and while the ice-press technology may be new, Rallis still farms without chemicals, sprays or fancy equipment.
Every bottle of Rallis Ice-Pressed Olive Oil contains the essence of early harvest olives. Several significant factors impact the antioxidant value of olive oil: late harvest, mechanical agitation, slow to press, high heat and filtering. Rallis bypasses these common trappings to ensure its olive oil maintains the highest antioxidant and energetic value, and its status as a raw superfood!
Discover Ralllis Olive Oil in our April Chef’s Box curated by entertainment expert Laura Calder.