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Olive oil is a fruit oil obtained from the olive (Olea europaea), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin.

It is used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps, and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is considered a healthy oil because of its high content of monounsaturated fat (mainly oleic acid) and polyphenols.

Label wording

Olive oil vendors choose the wording on their labels very carefully.

"Imported from Italy" produces an impression that the olives were grown in Italy, although in fact it only means that the oil was bottled there. A corner of the same label may note that the oil was packed in Italy with olives grown in Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Tunisia instead of Italy.

"100% Pure Olive Oil" is often the lowest quality available in a retail store: better grades would have "virgin" on the label.

"Made from refined olive oils" suggests that the essence was captured, but in fact means that the taste and acidity were chemically produced.

"Light olive oil" actually means refined olive oil, not a lower fat content. All olive oil has 120 calories per tablespoon (34 J/ml).

 "From hand-picked olives" may indicate that the oil is of better quality, since producers harvesting olives by mechanical methods are inclined to leave olives to over-ripen in order to increase yield.

"First cold press" means that the oil in bottles with this label is the first oil that came from the first press of the olives. The word "cold" is important because if heat is used, the olive oil's chemistry is changed.


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Big Paw Grub 
Box 863, Calistoga, CA 94515-0863  707 967-9718

Carlin Co LLC
1127 Pope St, St Helena, CA 94574   707-963-1345

Long Meadow Ranch Winery
1775 Whitehall Ln, St Helena, CA 707-963-4555

Mezetta Napa Valley
105 Mezetta Ct, American Canyon, CA 94503  707 648-1050

Modicum Inc
1758 Industrial Way, Napa, CA 94559 707-255-5030

Napa Valley Olive Oil Mfg Co
835 Charter Oak Ave, St Helena, CA 707-963-4173

Oliodessa Olive Oils
4052 Wisteria Way, Napa, CA 707-252-9038

Olive Oil Factory
104 Dodd Ct, American Canyon, CA 707-554-3400

Olive Press 

14301 Arnold Dr # 15, Glen Ellen, CA 707-939-8900

Olivier Olive Oil Products Inc
1020 Vintage Ave, St Helena, CA 707-967-8500

Round Pond
886 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, CA 707-963-7555

St Helena OLIVE Oil Co
8576 Saint Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 707-967-1003

Vine Village
PO Box 2265, Napa, CA 707-255-4099

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Retail grades in the United States

Most of the governments in the world are members of the International Olive Oil Council, which requires member governments to promulgate laws making olive oil labels conform to the IOOC standards.

The United States is the only major oil-producing or oil-consuming country which is not a member of the IOOC, and therefore the retail grades listed above have no legal meaning in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which controls this aspect of labeling, currently lists four grades of olive oil: "Fancy," "Choice," "Standard," "Substandard." These were established in 1948. The grades are based on acidity, absence of defects, odor and flavor. While the USDA is considering adopting labeling rules that parallel the international standards, until they do so terms such as "extra virgin" may be applied to any grade of oil, making the term of dubious usefulness.

Therefore, U.S. consumers should be wary of labels, especially ones that say "extra virgin."


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