22 Nov

Did you know this about olive oil?

Compiled by Allison Askins,

• Spain is the leading producer of olives and the world’s leading producer of olive oil.

• Extra virgin olive oil is the strongest olive flavor of the four varieties of olive oil. Best used for drizzling, salad dressings, marinades, sauces, stews, soups.

• Virgin olive oil shares extra virgin olive oil’s strong flavor, but is slightly more mild. Best used for grilling, sauteing, drizzling, salad dressings, marinades, stews, soups.

• Olive oil is much milder and better suited for cooking. Best used for baking, frying, grilling, sauteing.

• Light olive oil is the mildest of the four varieties and best used for baking, frying, grilling, sauteing.

• For baking, simply substitute equal amounts of olive oil for vegetable oil.

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