Celebrating Filippo Berio 150 Anniversary.
From the heart of Tuscany to every corner of the world, we're honored to have touched the lives of food lovers everywhere. So to celebrate our 150th anniversary, we're giving thanks by sharing 150 incredible ways to use olive oil both inside and outside the kitchen.
Care for yourself with a healthy lifestyle.
From birth to adulthood, extra virgin olive oil is a lifelong companion: here are 30 ways to care for yourself with a healthy lifestyle.
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For your baby Your baby begins to recognize new flavours at around six months of age. Prepare her first solid food with pureed vegetables drizzled with olive oil, rich in Omega 3.
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TeensThe body requires extra energy stores during adolescence: spread creamy dark chocolate over enriched bread topped with a drop of olive oil for a snack that boosts calorie intake and is rich in mineral salts.
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A perfect breakfastDrizzle a teaspoon of olive oil over toasted sunflower bread at breakfast time to enjoy its full flavor and nutritive properties in the raw.
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During sportsAdding a teaspoon of olive oil to smoothies and juices just before you exercise provides your body with essential fatty acids, which are easily burned by your muscles without inducing weight gain.
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For every ageOf all the vegetable oils, only olive oil is 100% digestible. Drizzle it over grilled fish or chicken for a light meal suitable for every age group.
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The power of antioxidantsThe consequences of a proper diet are felt over time: a salad dressed with olive oil and avocado is rich in antioxidants, which help maintain cellular growth.
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Keep young!Just two tablespoons of olive oil a day help keep arteries more elastic, which can lessen the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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BenefitsResearchers aren’t sure why, but studies have shown that extra virgin olive oil helps reduce blood pressure and is beneficial for people dealing with hypertension. But don’t forget there are many other lifestyle factors that contribute to your overall health!
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Cells ProtectionAccording to research, the ‘phytochemicals’ contained in extra virgin olive oil can help protect cells from damage.
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When you expectRub olive oil on your belly during pregnancy to reduce the risk of developing stretch marks, or after the birth to help lighten stretch marks.
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For your dietA study carried out in Italy found that those who ate more extra virgin olive oil, along with plenty of leafy vegetables, greatly reduced their risk of heart disease.
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For essential oilsEssential oils are too strong to be used on their own, but when you want them, olive oil makes the perfect carrier oil.
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For looking younger The polyphenol found in extra virgin olive oil protects red blood cells from oxidation, a common cause of the signs of aging.
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For your memoryResearch has suggested that people who consume extra virgin olive oil regularly are less likely to suffer from memory loss when they get older.
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For lowering cholesterolReplacing other saturated fats with olive oil improves metabolism and helps reduce cholesterol levels.
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For protecting your skinThe antioxidants found in olive oil help ward off free radicals that endanger the skin.
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For your blood vesselsSpanish scientists found that eating five shelled walnuts or five teaspoons of olive oil at lunchtime reduced artery inflammation and improved blood vessel elasticity.
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For your heartAdd olive oil to salads to protect your heart, and keep yourself looking younger for longer!
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For reducing the risk of stroke In a recent study, older people who ate diets rich in olive oil, which contains plasma oleic acid, had fewer strokes.
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For treating acneUsing olive oil to fight pimples and blackheads may sound counterintuitive, but olive oil and salt scrubs do help some types of acne.
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For a youthful appearanceOlive oil contains both antioxidants and vitamin E, which have proven anti-aging effects.
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For a Mediterranean dietThe World Health Organization recommends that everyone in the world adopt a Mediterranean style diet because olive oil is the healthiest source of fat. Good news for Italians!
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For your fat contentOlive oil’s dietary fats provide just the right ratio for humans, which is partly why olive oil is so good for you.
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For your cholesterol levelsOlive oil contains polyphenols, which help keep your levels of LDL cholesterol within healthy/the proper ranges.
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For brain functionSome research has shown that olive oil can prevent and possibly even reverse the memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease.
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For a balanced dietAlthough red wine, fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables play a huge part in the Mediterranean diet, scientists agree that it wouldn’t be nearly as beneficial without olive oil.
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For staying slimStudies have shown that olive oil, along with nut oils, does not cause weight gain the way less healthy fats do.
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For preventing cell degenerationDid you know that the antioxidant ‘hydroxytyrosol’ found in olive oil works with vitamin E to help prevent cell degeneration in your skin as you age?
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For skin elasticityOlive oil contains squalene, which helps to improve the elasticity of your skin and keep it firm and toned for longer.
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For your bloodOlive oil could possibly be the blood flow–boosting agent you need when it comes to getting the most out of your intimate moments.
The perfect beauty elixir.
Olive oil’s natural properties make it the perfect beauty elixir: here’s how to use it to enhance your skin, hair, and more.
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For dry skinTo combat dry skin, rub down your body with olive oil just after showering. Do this a few times a week and you’ll never have to worry about dry skin again!
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For your babyFor generations, olive oil has been used as a natural diaper rash treatment. Soft and soothing, olive oil is hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic for baby’s chaffed, irritated skin.
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For shiny hairGet soft, shiny hair with an at-home oil treatment! Simply heat olive oil on the stovetop (10-15 seconds in the microwave) and distribute throughout your hair. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes. You’ll be amazed by the results!
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For looking youngerOlive oil helps diminish wrinkles at a fraction of the cost of expensive skin care regimens. The powerful antioxidants in olive oil applied directly to the skin 2-3 times per week will keep your skin soft, smooth and wrinkle-free a little longer :)
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For makeup removalOlive oil gently removes makeup and nourishes your skin at the same time. In the evening, apply a little bit of olive oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe away all the makeup from your face.
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For bathingAdd a few drops of olive oil to your bathtub for a luxurious spa treatment!
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For your faceMix together olive oil with oatmeal and your favorite cream to use as a facial scrub. Works wonders!
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For your nailsDip your nails in olive oil for your next at-home manicure; it’s a natural nail strengthener!
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For a sunless tan Get a beautiful tan without using commercial products. Simply mix olive oil with used coffee grounds, and apply liberally before you shower or bathe. Magic!
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For wrinkle-free skinThere’s a saying in Italy, “Olive oil each day helps keep wrinkles away.”
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For feeling like a starItalian beauty Sophia Loren consumes olive oil daily, puts it in her bath, and uses it on her hair and skin.
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For your feetUse one part olive oil, one part honey, and a little sugar to treat dry, rough feet. Massaging the mixture into your feet will remove dead skin while softening and moisturising.
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For long lashesGet big, beautiful eyes without mascara, which can be itchy and irritating to some people’s eyes. For long, shiny lashes, apply olive oil with a mascara brush instead!
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For your lipsUse olive oil for chapped, sore lips. It’s quickly absorbed by the skin, moisturising your lips quickly and helping to protect them all day long.
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For burns and cutsApply olive oil directly to skin irritations and sunburn. Its regenerative properties and vitamin E soothe the pain and speed up the healing process.
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For cleansing The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had no soap and didn’t miss it thanks to olive oil. Many soaps today contain olive oil, but plenty of people still prefer olive oil in its pure form for cleansing their skin.
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For moisturizing The natural moisturisers in olive oil will gradually turn your thin hair into thick, strong hair.
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For soft skinThe vitamin E and A present in olive oil hydrate your skin, adding radiance and making it tender to the touch
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For healthy hairHair that has undergone treatments with bleach, colors, or relaxers needs extra moisture. To keep your well-processed hair looking good or even better, apply olive oil 72 hours after processing.
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For rashes and irritationOlive oil is loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritated skin and relieve rashes.
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For softer hairOlive oil’s chemical elements such as oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene, are best suited for dry hair, making it softer and shinier.
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For colored hairAlong with its moisturising benefits, olive oil won’t fade colored hair (unless it’s red)!
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For your throatProfessional opera singers have been gargling with olive oil before performances for centuries. Its natural properties are said to protect the throat and lubricate the voice.
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For cleaning your earsOlive oil drops are a natural remedy for removing ear wax; the oil clears ear congestion and softens wax inside the ear.
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For whiter teethOlive oil can be used to whiten your teeth and keep the enamel strong by removing bacteria and toxins.
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For natural makeupOlive oil is the perfect medium for cosmetics. Combined with natural pigments and beeswax, olive oil makes natural, inexpensive lip-gloss, blush, even eye shadow.
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For facials and scrubsUse olive oil with mashed avocado for a homemade facial mask! Just mix olive oil with mashed ripe avocado. Smooth the paste onto your face or any other area that needs moisturizing and rejuvenating. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then rinse!
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For celluliteMix used coffee grounds with olive oil for a topical cellulite treatment applied directly to the skin.
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For firmer skinTo firm and tone your skin, combine equal parts water and olive oil in a jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well and apply it directly to your skin.
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For hair productsCombine olive oil with hair care products to make the product spread more evenly through your hair.
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For smoother skinOlive oil makes a wonderful night cream. Rub it on your face at bedtime and you’ll wake up with smooth and supple skin.
30 things you didn’t know.
Olive oil has numerous benefits outside of the kitchen: 30 things you didn’t know about olive oil but wish you did.
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For leather goodsDid you know that you could use olive oil to clean leather coats, boots and bags?
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For stuck zippersUse olive oil as a lubricant for a stuck zipper, works like magic!
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For oil lampsIn ancient times, olive oil was used for lamp lighting. It burns cleaner than all other oils and provides a pleasing scent.
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For sharper knivesUse olive oil to sharpen your kitchen knives! Just be sure to wipe down the blade when you’ve finished to remove any metal particles.
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For your catAdding a teaspoon of olive oil to your cat's food helps prevent hairballs.
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For spiritualityUse olive oil to enhance spirituality. In ancient times, olive oil was often combined with myrrh or cinnamon oil and used as an anointing oil.
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For wrestlingUse olive oil for wrestling! In Turkey, a 600-year-old tradition involves grown men wrestling while covered in olive oil.
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For mosquito protectionPrevent mosquito larvae from contaminating rainwater by pouring a layer of olive oil on top of the water in your rain barrel, or add a few drops into your bird bath!
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For your plantsOlive oil helps rid your garden of aphids organically! Mix one part olive oil, two parts water, a tablespoon of dish soap, and a dash of red pepper or garlic. Spray your plants weekly or biweekly in the early spring and summer.
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For your baseball glovesOlive oil will waterproof your tool belts, baseball gloves and other utilitarian leather items.
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For your furniturePolish wood furniture by applying olive oil to a soft cloth, and then wiping it onto your furniture.
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For your furry friendsAdd a small amount of olive oil to your pet’s food for a shinier coat!
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For shiny shoesShine your shoes by lightly dampening a soft cloth with olive oil and buffing your shoes with it.
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For cleaner handsProtect your green thumb! Put olive oil on your hands before gardening or other dirty work to prevent dirt buildup and make cleanup easier.
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For sticker removal To remove stickers, saturate the sticker with olive oil, then gently peel it off the surface.
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For removing gumRemove chewing gum from skin or non-porous surfaces by rubbing it gently with olive oil.
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For your engineYou can run your diesel car engine on olive oil! Not only can olive oil be used to make your own biodiesel, it can safely be added to your diesel fuel tank and mixed with diesel (anywhere from 10-25% olive oil in proportion to diesel is safe.)
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For handmade soapOlive oil makes the perfect ingredient for homemade soap. Its fatty acids provide a luxurious lather and its nutritive properties naturally soften the skin.
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For stainless steelMake your stainless steel shine! Scrub your sink with baking soda, rinse, then rub a thin layer of olive oil on it to add shine.
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For tarnish and rust To keep your brass and copper items from tarnishing, rub them with a bit of olive oil; they’ll stay shiny and rust free for longer!
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For removing paintIf you’ve ever painted a wall or a ceiling and had stray paint drip into your hair, just moisten a cotton ball with olive oil, rub it on painted hair, then wait five minutes and shampoo as normal.
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For your dogMassage a few drops of olive oil into your dog’s paws every few days to prevent his nails from cracking.
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For your doorsFix squeaky doors with olive oil! Olive oil doesn’t contain non-renewable hydrocarbons, which are commonly used in commercial oils -- just put a few drops of olive oil on your door’s hinges.
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For air freshenersAdd olive oil and other essential oils to a mason jar to make a natural air freshener!
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For your massageMake sensual, scented massage oil by blending olive oil with essential oils like lavender flower and eucalyptus leaf.
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For grease-free handsTo remove motor oil grease from your hands, apply 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp sugar to your hands, rub vigorously for one minute, then rinse with soap and water.
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For your makeup brushesClean your makeup brushes once every month with a DIY cleanser that's two parts antibacterial soap and one part olive oil.
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For a cleaner grillApply a generous layer of olive oil to grills and barbeques to keep away rust and moisture.
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For your rain bootsRevive vinyl or rubber rain boots by rubbing them with olive oil; the white marks will disappear!
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For radiation exposureThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have listed computers as one way people are exposed to radiation. Help minimize your computer radiation exposure by applying a small amount of olive oil to your face.
The simplest ingredients.
Olive oil adds value to your kitchen: some of the greatest recipes are hidden in the simplest ingredients.
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For ice creamOlive oil pairs well with the creamy flavours in your kitchen: drizzle it over vanilla, strawberry, and pistachio ice cream for a double-rich dessert.
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For enhancing flavoursFrom fruit salads and crudités, to grilled vegetables and roasted fruit, add a touch of raw olive oil to coat the ingredients and enhance their taste with a rich, creamy bite.
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For delicious dipsMake a tasty, heart-healthy dip by mixing ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil to cooked white beans and garlic in a food processor; season with your favorite herbs.
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For baked goodsMake cupcakes with olive oil! Olive oil works wonderfully with chocolate and fruit-based cupcakes. Not only is olive oil better for you than butter, it’s also easier because there's no melting, so you can make them without an electric mixer!
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For pairing with chocolateFor nuanced flavours, there’s no better combination than olive oil and chocolate: stir olive oil into chocolate mousse, sprinkle it over chocolate bars, or pour it over chocolate ice cream.
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For frying and sautèingVirgin olive oils taste best with uncooked foods, such as marinades, salad dressings or cold pasta salads. Use pure olive oils for sautéing and frying at medium heat.
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For storing foodStore olive oil in a cool dark place for up to six months, or refrigerate it for up to one year! Refrigerated olive oil will become thick and cloudy, but will return to normal at room temperature.
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For cleaner bakingOlive oil helps ensure your baked goods come out of the pan in one piece! Rub or mist it on baking pans instead of baking sprays or shortening.
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For the perfect pizzaMake Mediterranean pizza by substituting olive oil for other oils; use it to oil the pan and shine up the finished crust!
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For maintaining freshness The vitamin E in olive oil helps keep your baked goods moist, maintaining their freshness longer than solid shortenings.
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For food preservation To preserve smoked meat and fish, cover them in olive oil to keep the air out!
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For your next tasting To taste olive oil like an expert, pour a little in a cup and cover with your hand for about a minute to warm. Inhale with your nose to detect the oil’s aromatic notes of fruit, nuts, artichokes or fresh cut grass. Don’t forget to take a sip!
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For crispier potatoesRub potatoes with olive oil before baking them for added crispness!
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For your morning ritualSome olive farmers drink a spoonful of olive oil every morning, and many live a long life! They believe olive oil soothes the stomach, and that swishing it in your mouth for a few minutes is good for your teeth.
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For your food cravingsDid you know that olive oil helps satisfy your appetite so you feel less hungry and have fewer cravings for sugar?
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For your measuring cupsWipe your measuring containers with olive oil and sticky ingredients will slide right out of the pan!
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For toast and grainsTry a creamy oil on toast with honey or jam, or a grassy one stirred into rice or other grains.
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For flavourful chocolateFor dynamic flavour, pair a high quality dark chocolate with a fruity, bright oil or an earthy smoked oil.
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For natural refinement Refined olive oil is obtained by treating low quality or defective virgin olive oil with the use of charcoal, other chemicals and physical filters. But zero solvents are used in the refining process of "pure olive oil", your best friend in the kitchen!
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For guaranteed quality The chemical standards for extra virgin olive oil are the highest of all the grades and, as such, offer a minimum guarantee of quality in your kitchen!
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For a cleaner tasteWhile olive oil is not completely flavourless, the organoleptic characteristics of extra virgin oil ensure that it does not have ‘taste defects’. Why take chances in the kitchen?
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For flavour varietyExtra virgin olive oils can be anything from very delicate and mellow to quite bitter and pungent. This is because their antioxidant content varies considerably.
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For browning and sautéingFor stir fries, consider your oil’s ‘smoke point’. Extra virgin or virgin olive oils are better for browning and sautéing than frying.
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For powerful antioxidantsOne of the greatest benefits of extra virgin olive oil is its antioxidant content. But keep in mind that the higher the antioxidant content, the more bitter the oil will be! A garlic and olive oil pasta dish works divinely with bitter oils.
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For serving soupsDrizzle olive oil over your favourite soup after plating, and just before serving.
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For mashed potatoesFor fluffy, nutritious and flavourful mashed potatoes, use olive oil instead of butter!
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For a lighter tasteLight olive oil refers to the color and taste of the oil, not the calorie count!
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For every kind of cookExtra virgin olive oil's smoke point is somewhere around 375-420°F (190-215°C), making it a good choice for most cooking methods.
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For tasty vinaigrettesSharp, peppery olive oil makes the perfect base for a simple vinaigrette to toss with mixed greens.
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For homemade mayonnaiseOlive oil mayonnaises sold in stores don’t actually contain much olive oil. Make your own mayonnaise with olive oil! Here’s the recipe: http://www.filippoberio.co.uk/recipes/filippo-berio-mayonnaise/
Grandmother's natural remedies.
Not long ago, people used extra virgin olive oil in natural remedies and products made at home: what we learned from our grandmothers yesterday, we learn from Filippo Berio today.
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For your teethAn old fashioned method called ‘oil pulling’ is used to strengthen gums and keep teeth looking white.
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For goldIf grandmother’s wedding ring got stuck, she’d rub it with olive oil, which made it slippery enough to slide off.
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For cracked heelsGrandma treated her cracked heels by rubbing them with a pumice stone and massaging them with olive oil. This is especially useful in the summer if you like to go barefoot!
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To treat cutsTo treat cuts and bruises, our grandmothers applied a balm of antibacterial olive oil, lavender, calendula, and tea tree oil to ward off germs and scarring
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Secret candleBefore putting a candle into its holder, our grandmothers would rub a thin coat of oil onto the holder's base.
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The daily dietIncluding olive oil in your daily diet helps you stay fit from the inside out, benefitting both your body and appearance.
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Edible oilOlive oil is one of the healthiest edible oils.
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In case of ridOur grandmothers used olive oil to get rid of head lice, and the method still works today.
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Avoid heatOlive oil doesn’t evaporate like water; heating it to too high temperatures can degrade its quality.
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Kill fleasTo kill fleas on her furry friends, grandmother moistened a cotton ball with olive oil and rubbed it on their skin.
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For a healthy dietOur grandmothers taught us that because olive oil has an excellent lipid profile of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, they are distributed in healthy proportions in our diet.
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For a beautiful appearanceThe Bible mentions that the wives of Persian king Xerxes used olive oil to make themselves beautiful.
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For nutritional valueA little of the right oil can make the difference between a healthy or unhealthy dish. Use olive oil for your next sauté!
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For flavourful sauces Italian cooks use olive oil to make sauces. Use it to add nutrition and wholesome flavour to your next sauce.
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For cutting boardsGrandmother rubbed olive oil on cutting boards, wooden salad bowls and wooden utensils to condition them.
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For passing gumBefore calling the doctor, our grandmothers would give us a teaspoon of olive oil to help us pass chewing gum when we’d swallowed a piece or two!
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For stomach achesWhen we had a tummy ache, our grandmothers suggested a teaspoon of olive oil, which can work like a natural laxative.
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For a close shaveOur grandmothers taught us to use olive oil to shave our legs, and we’ve never had to worry about shaving cream again!
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For the frizziesOur grandmothers rubbed olive oil into our curly lox to help keep them frizz free
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For your next tastingOur grandmothers taught us to consider olive oil like wine: sample and taste to find your favorite!
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For poison ivyTo treat eczema or bouts of poison ivy, Italian grandmothers use olive oil, which is also a natural moisturiser.
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For cradle capTo alleviate cradle cap, grandmother’s advice is to apply olive oil twice a day. Let it sit for a few minutes, then brush off the flakes!
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For a perfect capreseOne of the first things we learned in the kitchen from our grandmothers is how to use extra-virgin olive oil with fresh basil and Mozzarella cheese to make a ‘caprese’ salad! Here’s the recipe: http://filippoberio.com/recipes/caprese-salad
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For prolonged freshnessTo store and maintain the quality of your olive oil, keep it away from heat, air and light. Thanks, Grandma!
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For added depthGrandmother used olive oil to add depth and flavour to every one of her farm to table recipes!
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For clean eatingThough our grandmothers may have used different terminology, they taught us to ‘eat clean’, a term that generally refers to how food is produced and processed today.
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For stomach crampsStudies now prove that extra virgin olive oil works like ibuprofen on menstrual cramps due to a chemical compound called oleocanthal, but our grandmothers have known this for centuries!
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For coating ingredientsUsed with raw items, olive oil coats the ingredients, helping to enhance their taste, add richness and a crunchy bite.
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For savory grillingUsed with grilled items, olive oil helps soak up the charred flavour and seasoning, creating a quick saucy mixture that extends the flavour of every bite.
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For cooked pastaDrizzle olive oil on cooked pasta to avoid sticking and increase its flavour.