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Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil FAQs

  • Which olive oil is best for cooking?
    All Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be used for cooking, no additives are needed, Olive oil has the highest flashpoint of the most popular Oils used for cooking at 210 degrees.
  • How is olive oil made?
    The Olives are harvested between October to January, It’s pressed to make a paste using mechanical means without the addition of Hot Water, Chemicals or heat then pressed to extract the oil, a lot of the waste from pressing the oil is used as animal feed.
  • What is the difference between Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Virgin Olive Oil?
    The differences between Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Virgin Olive Oil is subtle but many. Besides variations in production methods, you can also see a difference in colour, clearness, nutritional value and probably most importantly flavour.
  • Why olive oil is good for you?
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil is very good for you it helps to reduce Cholesterol
    • Helps to lower blood pressure
    • It contains a natural form of Ibruprofen and is made up of over 70% oleic acid which is the main predominant fatty acid and antioxidants oleacein and oleocanthal, which appear to significantly reduce inflammation
  • When does olive oil go bad?
    Olive oil starts to degrade as soon as you open the bottle or tin, it is best stored in a dark cool place. It is best to consume the oil within 6 months after opening and ideally within 2 years of harvest. None of our oil is blended it all originates in Greece either on the mainland or one of the islands.

Greek Olives FAQs

  • How many olives should I eat a day?
    Olives should be eaten in moderation, as can be harmful causing diarrhoea, mainly due to the high salt content. An average serving of Olives would be 60 to 70 grams per day.
  • Where do olives come from?
    Olives can be found on all the continents except Antarctica, there are around 130 different varieties, grown in 23 countries and account for about 85% of the world’s Olive Oil Production. 90% of the olives harvested are destined for Oil production.
  • Why olives are good for you?
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil is very good for you it helps to reduce Cholesterol
    • Helps to lower blood pressure
    • It contains a natural form of Ibruprofen and is made up of over 70% oleic acid which is the main predominant fatty acid and antioxidants oleacein and oleocanthal, which appear to significantly reduce inflammation
  • How are olives processed?
    Olives are picked either by hand or mechanical means, they surround the bottom of the tree with a large net in the shape of an umbrella and the tree is shaken and the olives are caught in the net avoiding bruising from landing on the ground, they are cleaned and sorted and pitted as well as left with a pit, they are then soaked in water for a few days and the water changed a few times this needs to be done as the olives at this stage are very bitter, after 2 to 3 weeks of rinsing they can be brined in a solution of sea salt and water 10:1 ration salt to water, store for a further 6 months, somewhere dark, rinse off the salt water and at this stage they can be eaten, stuffed, lemon slices added or further stored in Olive Oil or re brined and consumed up to 2 years later.
  • Do olives go off?
    The answer is yes, you may often buy olives from a supermarket that is greying in colour and quite soft, these olives are past their best and should be discarded. After an olive is taken from brine it needs to be debrined for up to 6 hours in freshwater a marinade added and prepared for sale. All our olives are marinaded and sold normally within 2 to 3 days, they are mostly sold in 100% Bio Degradable tubs made from Corn Starch.

Organic Olive Oil Soap FAQs

  • What is olive oil soap good for?
    Olive oil soap is particularly good for sufferers of Eczema, Psoriasis and other skin conditions, it tends to moisturise the skin as opposed to drying it. There are no harsh chemicals in PG Olive Oil soaps, also good for Vegans.
  • How long does olive oil soap take to cure?
    The basic process of making the soap takes about 90 minutes. The curing process which is for the lye to evaporate takes from 4 weeks, the longer the time taken the harder the soap becomes.
  • Is 100% olive oil a good soap?
    Our soaps are made from approximately 45% Olive Oil, the rest being made up of Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Castor Oil, with the addition of an essential oil fragrance.
  • Is olive oil soap good for your skin?
    We use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make our soaps, it helps with the colour of the soap a pale yellowy green colour, although a lot of people make soap from what is known as the “bottom oil” which tends to have all the bits in from the tanks where the oil is stored prior to bottling.
  • Which olive oil for soap making?
    We use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make our soaps, it helps with the colour of the soap a pale yellowy green colour, although a lot of people make soap from what is known as the “bottom oil” which tends to have all the bits in from the tanks where the oil is stored prior to bottling.
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