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Top Reasons to Buy High Quality Olive Oil

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in the grocery store, looking at the shelves jammed full of olive oil, wondering “what’s the big deal?” We get it – with the hectic pace of life today it can be really tempting to just grab the nearest bottle of olive oil from whatever store you’re in and take it home to cook dinner that night.

But wait, don’t fall into that trap. While buying olive oil from the store isn’t bad, there are a lot of benefits that come when you simply upgrade your oil. We broke down the top reasons to buy high quality olive oil so check them out below.

1. Increased Health Benefits

When you purchase a high-quality olive oil, you’re pretty much guaranteed that it will be extra virgin. Extra virgin olive oils are made from the first cold pressing of the olive fruit. This method of extraction doesn’t use any heat or chemicals to remove the oils which means that all of the nutritional health benefits of the oil remain intact and transfer to the oil itself.

Wondering exactly what kind of health benefits you get from olive oil? They contain a high number of healthy fats, they are high in antioxidants, they’ve been linked to diabetes prevention and they can help lower blood pressure.

2. You Know Where Your Olive Oil Came From

With the rise in the popularity of olive oil over the last few decades, there came an increase in the presence of fake olive oils on the market. In fact, the market became over run with oils that were only partially comprised of true olive oil and were mixed and “watered down” with other, less healthy oils like vegetable and corn oils. In truth it became difficult for the reputable providers of olive oil to maintain high standards for the industry.

Today if you’re buying a high-quality extra virgin olive oil the label should tell you all that you need to know about your oil. It should include appellation telling you where the oil was produced, it will include a bottling and expiration date as well.

If you’re lucky enough to find a specialty retailer for olive oils then that’s the best way to ensure a fresh product. At D’Olivo we source our oils from Veronica Foods, an extremely reputable wholesaler, who adheres to the strictest standards for quality ensuring all our oils bear the designation of Ultra-Premium.

3. Before Purchase Your Oil Will Be Properly Cared For

If you’re purchasing a high-quality olive oil, then the most likely place to find these is from a small specialty retailer of olive oils. These retailers are extremely knowledgeable about olive oil and take care of the oils in an extremely methodical fashion.

As a fresh product, olive oil can easily be damaged by exposure to heat and light which most often occurs if it is stored improperly. At D’Olivo all of our oils are stored in large, stainless-steal fusti to ensure the oils are not exposed to heat or light while on the shelves. Oils are then transferred to dark glass bottles to ensure they’re protected while waiting for customers to pick them up. Some oils may even be bottled fresh out the fusti to ensure the freshest product.

In addition, as a specialty retailer olive oil is our business which means products move more quickly off the shelves. You’ll never run into an issue where a bottle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar has been on the shelf for very long.

While olive oil can be stored for a period of time, it’s recommended that all olive oils be used up within 24 months if sealed, and if opened that they be used more quickly to avoid having your oil go bad.

Wondering how to choose a high-quality olive oil? Check out our blog here https://dolivotastingbar.com/how-to-choose-a-high-quality-olive-oil/

How To Choose A High Quality Olive Oil

Choosing a high-quality olive oil is important when you’re looking to add this delicious and nutritious fat into your daily diet. We talk about the importance of finding a good oil quite often but that’s because of how important we believe it is.

Olive oil is one of the healthiest fats that you can use in your cooking, offering lots of great health benefits. We can’t say enough that not all olive oil is created equal and we want to ensure shoppers are well educated. That’s why we’ve decided to offer you some quick hits on how to be sure you’re packing your cupboard with only high-quality oils.

Extra Virgin Designation

Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality olive oil that you can find on the market. What does that mean though? Well, in its simplest form, extra virgin refers to the method in which the oil is extracted. Extra virgin means that the oil was extracted mechanically without the use of added heat or chemicals.

This process ensures that the nutrients and wonderful polyphenols in the oil are preserved during the extraction. It’s these phenols and provide a lot of the health benefits that you read about oil providing and that we explore in our post here (link – https://dolivotastingbar.com/5-proven-health-benefits-olive-oil/).

As an added distinction, our D’Olivo oils are certified Ultra-Premium meaning they exceed even the highest nationally recognized standards for extra virgin olive oils.


Because olive oil is an edible product you want to ensure you’re getting the freshest oil possible. We recommend looking for a harvest date or an expiration date on the bottle. You want to be sure that you pick out a fresher oil and we definitely don’t recommend grabbing anything more than a year old. However, you’ll also want to be aware that the expiration date is more of a suggestion. There’s never a guarantee on freshness when you’re buying from a grocery store since there are other factors that can cause the oil to go rancid such as exposure to light, heat or air.

Buying oils from a specialty olive oil store or tasting bar helps ensure that you’re getting a fresh product. The inventory moves much more quickly and they have employees regularly checking to make sure the oils are stored properly and not going bad on the shelf.

As we like to joke, olive oil is not like wine – it doesn’t get better with age so remember the fresher the better when making your selection. Going hand in hand with this philosophy – when you buy the oil – use it! At some point your oil will go bad so break them out and use them as you cook.


The surest way to pick a high-quality olive oil is to taste it to make sure it doesn’t have any hint of rancidity. The oil should taste clean, fresh, and green like fresh olives. If the oil you taste has peppery notes that linger in your throat that’s a great sign. The polyphenols are what give the peppery taste to the oil so the more of that you get, the healthier your oil.

This is why visiting specialty olive oil stores and taste bars like D’Olivo are the best way to ensure a quality oil. The oils are usually sourced from reputable distributors and you can taste each oil before purchase. In addition, because the oils move more quickly off the shelves you might even get to see your oil bottled fresh right in front of you.


As we’ve noted above, the enemies of olive oil are light, heat and air. You want to make sure that any oil you purchase comes in a dark bottle. The dark color will help protect the oil from heat and is a sign that the oil inside is worthy of protection.

After purchase you want to be sure to store your oil in a dark cabinet away from light to make sure it stays fresh as long as possible.

Buy From A Trusted Retailer

As we discuss in this article the popularity of olive oil has caused the proliferation of fake and counterfeit olive oils. While the price of olive oil, found in grocery stores might be hard to beat, if it seems too good to be true it usually is.

Visiting a store with locally sourced products or a specialty olive oil store, while slightly more expensive, provides an extra layer of protection for the buyer. These retailers will have a very good grasp on the olive oils they’re selling and should be able to provide you information on the region of origin of the oils as well as the transportation and storage of the oil. All of these factors are important in maintaining a good quality oil.