Olive Oil FAQ

Straight answers from the editors of Olive Oil Times.

General

Why does some olive oil taste bitter?

Want to taste bitter? Try an olive picked off a tree! Olives are bitter – and so is good olive oil. Bitterness, pungency and fruitiness are all present and well-balanced in the very best olive oils.
See more: 10 Things You Need to Know About Olive Oil

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What’s better: filtered or unfiltered?

Unfiltered oil will be cloudy until it settles to the bottom. Some consider unfiltered oil better because of the added flavor from the fruit particles. Unfiltered olive oil will usually have a shorter shelf life, so it should be consumed more quickly. Don’t let whether an olive oil is filtered or not determine your choice. It is far less important than other quality parameters like freshness and taste.

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