What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

I’m still savoring the fresh flavors of the meal Chef Trey Foshee created in March using our extra virgin olive oils (EVOO). Afterward, we asked Foshee – executive chef at Georges at the Cove in La Jolla – what topics he’d like to see us cover here.

Define extra virgin olive oil, said Foshee. Bottles from Europe, he noted, aren’t necessarily true EVOO.

That’s true.

Not all “extra virgin olive oil” sold in the United States is indeed the real thing. Even certain oils imported from some of the biggest olive growing countries don’t have to adhere to international standards when sold here.

California is the only U.S. state that has adopted the international standards that define true extra virgin olive oil. Those rigid standards – based on numerous laboratory tests – were established by the International Olive Oil Council.

In California,the California Olive Oil Council certifies California oils as “extra virgin” if they meet the International Olive Oil Council standards.

A paper published by the University of California at Davis spells out the topic in more detail.

Bon appétit,

Claude S. Weiller
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
California Olive Ranch