Is it really extra virgin?

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Extra vir­gin is the high­est grade of olive oil. It needs to be unre­fined, made only with olives and noth­ing else.

Producers need to take great care to pro­duce extra vir­gin olive oil. The fruit must be in excel­lent con­di­tion and best prat­ices must be fol­lowed dur­ing har­vest and pro­cess­ing processes.

To know for sure if olive oil is extra vir­gin or not, it needs to pass cer­tain chem­i­cal test­ing and a taste test by trained pro­fes­sion­als.

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition has devel­oped a web appli­ca­tion to make it easy to search for brands to see if they are really extra vir­gin, as ver­i­fied by an inde­pen­dent taste panel dur­ing the cur­rent pro­duc­tion year.