This oil can be referred as freshly squeezed olives juice. It is obtained by pressing olives only mechanically, without the use of chemical and biochemical additives. In the process of its production, olives are not subjected to
any treatment other than washing. Also they are collected and processed within 24 hours. That is why olive oil of this type has such a high nutritional value and does not lose it for up to two years. This oil can not be cheap.
The acidity of Extra Virgin oil should not exceed 0.8%. The taste of Extra Virgin depends on the variety of olives, but it must be bitter. Ideal for salads and sauces.
Extra Virgin olive oil can also be labeled DOP (protected name by origin) and IGP (protected geographical indication). The first means that both olives and the production of oil from them were carried out in a specific geographical
location, on a certain territory that is part of the European register under a specific register. More stringent requirements apply to this oil. Climatic conditions, production traditions, varieties of olives inherent to this
place, excludes its copying by other producers. This kind of oil in all countries of the Mediterranean is very small. At the same time its useful properties for health are not any better than the serial oil Extra Virgin. It differs
only in a bouquet of taste and smell. The designation IGP is assigned to those products, one of the original characteristics of which is associated with a certain geographical area. Unlike the DOP sign, the IGP does not require
that the entire production process takes place in a specific locality, but requires that the resulting product fully meets the specified requirements. Olive oil with a Bio or Eco badge is produced in compliance with EU regulation
834/07, which certifies and controls all phases of the production of this alimentary product. The implementation of all stages of the production process prohibits the use of synthetic chemicals and genetically modified organisms.
Also, the soil, olive trees and fruits themselves are treated only with the use of organic substances and natural materials. This is also followed up by a special independent commission of experts. Oils marked DOP, IGP, Bio and
Eco are very rare, they are very expensive, you can buy them in gourmet class stores. In Russia you can often find fakes of olive oil marked BIO. Be careful! Since the producers in Russia do not bear any responsibility for the
careless application of the word Bio. To verify the authenticity of the oil, look for a special holographic seal on the back of the label and ask for a certificate of origin.