Have you ever researched something and ended up with more information than you wanted ?
I was browsing a recipe that called for 2 tablespoons of EVOO. I had not heard of this before, and thought it might be an oriental spice.
When I researched this, I realized that EVOO stands for extra virgin olive oil, a staple in my kitchen.
Acronyms can be confusing sometimes (LOL).
As I researched further, I learned that for many years, EVOO has been subject to food fraud, since unscrupulous merchants have mixed less expensive oils such as corn oil together with olive oil, and have sold the oil as EVOO.
Italian crime organizations have been involved, and charged, in recent years, with marketing EVOO that has been tampered with.
As I read further, I learned that the European olive oil market has lost billions of dollars in recent years because olive trees have been killed due to a plant disease called Xylella fastitiosa.
This plant plague is also threatening olive trees in other European countries.
Olive oil is often mentioned in the Bible, and its health benefits are well-documented.
I had new respect for my bottle of olive oil after reading all this, and it helped me once again not to take any food for granted.
I may start using olive oil from California.
After all this research, knew I needed to relax.
I am going to make that recipe I was browsing, that calls for EVOO.
Photo by Sally
(EVOO should be stored away from sunlight)