Talking Olive Oil with Chat GPT

The artificial intelligence-powered chatbot demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of the olive oil industry and a capacity to provide precise information.

By Costas Vasilopoulos
Feb. 9, 2023 14:02 UTC

Olive Oil Times had a con­ver­sa­tion with ChatGPT, the newly released arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence chat­bot that has taken the world by storm.

The bot was launched as a pro­to­type to the pub­lic last November. It has been trained to assim­i­late diverse inter­net texts, includ­ing books, arti­cles and web­site con­tent, and can answer ques­tions like a per­son.

ChatGPT has already made an impact in the sci­en­tific and aca­d­e­mic worlds by exhibit­ing great abil­ity in sug­gest­ing solu­tions to sci­en­tific prob­lems, com­pil­ing com­puter code, writ­ing emails and con­struct­ing essays on a range of sub­jects in great detail. We wanted to see what it knew about olive oil.

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The con­ver­sa­tion started with this reporter ask­ing, What are you exactly?” ChatGPT responded with the fol­low­ing:

I am ChatGPT, a lan­guage model devel­oped by OpenAI. I am trained on a large dataset of text and can gen­er­ate human-like responses to prompts given to me.”

ChatGPT pro­vides plau­si­ble answers to vir­tu­ally any ques­tion, includ­ing all mat­ters about olive oil.

When asked to share its knowl­edge on the topic, the chat­bot pro­vided a lengthy and highly infor­ma­tive reply:

Olive oil is a ver­sa­tile and healthy oil made from the fruit of the olive tree. It is widely used in cook­ing and as a salad dress­ing. Olive oil is con­sid­ered one of the health­i­est oils, due to its high con­tent of monoun­sat­u­rated fats, par­tic­u­larly oleic acid, which is ben­e­fi­cial for heart health. It is also rich in antiox­i­dants and has anti-inflam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, mak­ing it ben­e­fi­cial for over­all health.

Extra vir­gin olive oil is the high­est qual­ity olive oil, made from pure, cold-pressed olives, with no chem­i­cals or sol­vents used in the extrac­tion process. Virgin olive oil is also made from pure, cold-pressed olives, but may have slight defects in taste or aroma.

In the culi­nary world, olive oil is used in many dishes, such as salad dress­ings, mari­nades, sautéing, and as a fin­ish­ing oil. It is also a key ingre­di­ent in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cui­sine.

Olive oil can be stored for about 18 – 24 months, in a cool, dry place, away from light and heat. It is impor­tant to note that Olive oil can become ran­cid if it is exposed to air, light, heat or high tem­per­a­ture which can affect its taste and qual­ity.

The inter­view with ChatGPT con­tin­ued by ask­ing, What makes a good olive oil?”


ChatGPT cranked out another com­pre­hen­sive answer:

A good olive oil is char­ac­ter­ized by its high qual­ity, authen­tic­ity, and purity. Some key fac­tors that deter­mine the qual­ity of olive oil include:

  • Freshness: Fresh olive oil should have a fruity, green, and slightly bit­ter taste. The oil should not have any off-fla­vors or smells, such as musty, ran­cid, or metal­lic.
  • Purity: A good olive oil should be pure and unadul­ter­ated, mean­ing it should not be mixed with other types of oil.
  • Origin: The ori­gin of the olive oil is impor­tant. The best olive oil is usu­ally from a spe­cific region, and it should be labeled as such.
  • Chemical com­po­si­tion: Extra vir­gin olive oil should have a high level of antiox­i­dants, polyphe­nols, and monoun­sat­u­rated fats, which are ben­e­fi­cial for health.
  • Quality Standards: Olive oil should be cer­ti­fied by a rec­og­nized author­ity such as International Olive Council (IOC) or USDA.
  • Taste: The taste of olive oil is also an impor­tant fac­tor, as good olive oil should have a fruity, green, and slightly bit­ter taste. The oil should not have any off-fla­vors or smells, such as musty, ran­cid, or metal­lic.

It’s impor­tant to note that a good olive oil is not just about the taste, but also about the health ben­e­fits and the authen­tic­ity of the prod­uct.

The chat­bot can pro­vide mean­ing­ful answers to all sorts of sim­ple or com­plex ques­tions, includ­ing cre­ative ones.


When asked to cre­ate a motto for an olive oil-pro­duc­ing com­pany, it responded:

Sure, here are a few dif­fer­ent options:

1. Bringing the taste of tra­di­tion to your table.‘
2. Nature’s finest, from tree to bot­tle.‘
3. Olive oil you can trust, from our fam­ily to yours.‘
4. Pure, nat­ural, and authen­tic olive oil.‘
5. Quality in every drop.‘
6. Pure essence of the Mediterranean’
7. Experience the tra­di­tion of pre­mium olive oil’
8. Pure, authen­tic, and deli­cious olive oil’

Please keep in mind that a slo­gan or motto is a very impor­tant part of a brand, it should be sim­ple, mem­o­rable, and unique to your com­pany.

ChatGPT also pro­vided use­ful cook­ing advice, espe­cially when time and pantry sup­plies were lim­ited.

When asked: Can you sug­gest a recipe for a healthy dish using pasta and tomato?” the bot quickly pro­vided a detailed recipe with cook­ing instruc­tions.

Even when increas­ing the com­plex­ity of the ques­tions, the chat­bot expe­ri­enced no dif­fi­culty pro­vid­ing an answer.

When asked whether olive trees can mit­i­gate pol­lu­tion, ChatGPT pro­vided an answer con­sis­tent with a recent report in Olive Oil Times:

Olive trees have been stud­ied for their poten­tial to com­bat air pol­lu­tion. They have been found to have a capac­ity to absorb and fil­ter pol­lu­tants, includ­ing par­tic­u­late mat­ter, sul­fur diox­ide, and nitro­gen oxides, from the air through their leaves and bark. Olive trees are also known to release oxy­gen and mois­ture into the air, which can help to improve air qual­ity.

However, it’s impor­tant to note that while olive trees can help to improve air qual­ity, they are not a replace­ment for other meth­ods of reduc­ing air pol­lu­tion such as reduc­ing emis­sions from power plants and fac­to­ries, or pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion. They can be con­sid­ered as an addi­tional method to improve air qual­ity in urban areas, where they can be planted in streets, parks, and other pub­lic spaces.

In con­clu­sion, olive trees can help to improve air qual­ity, but they should not be con­sid­ered as a solu­tion to com­bat air pol­lu­tion. It’s impor­tant to have a com­pre­hen­sive and multi-faceted approach to address this com­plex issue.

ChatGPT was also adept at answer­ing ques­tions about olive oil milling, includ­ing malax­a­tion (or knead­ing) of the olive paste, a crit­i­cal stage of the extrac­tion process.

When asked: What is the right tem­per­a­ture for olive paste malax­a­tion?” the chat­bot worked out a reply which gen­er­ally checks out.

The malax­a­tion process is an impor­tant step in the pro­duc­tion of olive oil, where the paste is mixed to allow the droplets of oil to fuse together and sep­a­rate from the water and solids. The right tem­per­a­ture for malax­a­tion is cru­cial to obtain the best oil qual­ity.

The ideal tem­per­a­ture range for malax­a­tion is between 25 – 27°C (77 – 81°F). If the tem­per­a­ture is too low, the malax­a­tion process will be slow, and the oil will have a low yield and poor qual­ity. If the tem­per­a­ture is too high, the malax­a­tion process will be too fast, and the oil will have a high acid­ity and a poor taste.

It’s impor­tant to keep the tem­per­a­ture within this range, as it’s the opti­mal tem­per­a­ture for the enzymes to work and the cells to break down, in order to sep­a­rate the oil droplets. It’s also impor­tant to note that malax­a­tion time and tem­per­a­ture are closely related, if the tem­per­a­ture is high, the malax­a­tion time should be shorter, and if the tem­per­a­ture is low, the malax­a­tion time should be longer.

The chat­bot is by no means a for­tune teller. However, it also pro­vided some intrigu­ing answers when asked about the future trends in human dietary pref­er­ences and the olive oil indus­try.

When prompted: Will peo­ple world­wide eat more health­ily in the future?” it replied:

It is dif­fi­cult to pre­dict the spe­cific changes in global dietary habits with cer­tainty, but some trends that may shape food con­sump­tion in the future include increas­ing aware­ness of the link between diet and health, as well as the impact of cli­mate change on food pro­duc­tion.

Additionally, the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of plant-based diets and alter­na­tive pro­teins, such as soy, pea and hemp, may also increase. As peo­ple are becom­ing more health-con­scious and envi­ron­men­tally aware, they may also seek out prod­ucts that are sus­tain­ably pro­duced, organic, and free from arti­fi­cial ingre­di­ents.

It’s impor­tant to note that dietary habits are also influ­enced by social, cul­tural, eco­nomic, and polit­i­cal fac­tors, and the dietary trends will vary across dif­fer­ent regions and coun­tries. It’s also pos­si­ble that dietary habits may change as a result of new tech­nolo­gies, inno­va­tions in food pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion, and shifts in con­sumer pref­er­ences.

Overall, it is expected that peo­ple will con­tinue to pay more atten­tion to the qual­ity and ori­gin of the foods they con­sume and will look for health­ier options, but it’s hard to say if a global trend will be estab­lished.

When asked: What is the future of the global olive oil indus­try?”, it replied:

The future of the global olive oil indus­try will be influ­enced by a vari­ety of fac­tors, includ­ing con­sumer demand, pro­duc­tion trends, and eco­nomic con­di­tions. In recent years, there has been a grow­ing demand for high-qual­ity olive oil, dri­ven in part by increased aware­ness of its health ben­e­fits. This trend is likely to con­tinue in the future, which could lead to growth in the indus­try. Additionally, advances in tech­nol­ogy and farm­ing prac­tices may improve pro­duc­tion effi­ciency and qual­ity, fur­ther boost­ing the indus­try.

However, the indus­try may also face chal­lenges such as cli­mate change, which can affect crop yields, and increased com­pe­ti­tion from other veg­etable oils. These fac­tors will likely play a role in shap­ing the future of the global olive oil indus­try.

It is dif­fi­cult to pre­dict the exact future of the indus­try, but it is likely to con­tinue to evolve and grow in response to chang­ing mar­ket con­di­tions and con­sumer pref­er­ences.

By all accounts, ChatGPT is a break­through in the search for infor­ma­tion. When faced with ques­tions from the olive oil uni­verse, this AI model demon­strated remark­able poten­tial in main­tain­ing a con­ver­sa­tion and pro­vid­ing eerily accu­rate answers to all sub­jects pre­sented to it in a man­ner sim­i­lar to human com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Some tech experts expect arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence to utterly trans­form how peo­ple per­ceive infor­ma­tion acquired from the world wide web.

Very quickly, AI will make not only find­ing infor­ma­tion (much eas­ier) but under­stand­ing it – reshap­ing it and mak­ing it use­ful – much faster,” said Neil Voss, co-founder of aug­mented-real­ity startup Anima.

Others believe that such deep learn­ing mod­els are a mixed bless­ing, per­form­ing aston­ish­ingly well in a broad range of nat­ural lan­guage tasks, such as auto­matic sum­ma­riza­tion and ques­tion-answer­ing, but being prone to flaws. In some cases, the AI chat­bot seems to buck indus­try trends, pre­vail­ing wis­dom or real-mar­ket con­di­tions.

When asked, How ripe should olives be to make high-qual­ity extra vir­gin olive oil?” the bot returned an answer that indi­cated a greater empha­sis on yield than on shelf life and health ben­e­fits:

The ripeness of the olives is an impor­tant fac­tor in deter­min­ing the qual­ity of the result­ing extra vir­gin olive oil. In gen­eral, it is best to use ripe olives, as they con­tain the high­est lev­els of oil and have the best fla­vor.

ChatGPT and other [lan­guage mod­els] may intro­duce unin­tended con­se­quences and become a dou­ble-edged sword,” researchers from New York University wrote in a recent sci­en­tific paper pub­lished in RSNA jour­nal.

There is also a dis­claimer on the ChatGPT web­site about the chat­bot some­times writ­ing plau­si­ble-sound­ing but incor­rect or non­sen­si­cal answers.”

Nevertheless, the chat­bot could pro­vide con­vinc­ing answers to most of a reporter’s queries. The impact of such AI tools on dif­fer­ent indus­tries and busi­ness sec­tors, includ­ing the bur­geon­ing world of olive oil, remains to be seen.

As a final chal­lenge, when prompted with Can you be of any ser­vice to the olive oil indus­try?”, ChatGPT replied:

Yes, as a lan­guage model AI, I can pro­vide var­i­ous ser­vices to the global olive oil indus­try, such as:

  • Answering FAQs and pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion about the indus­try and its prod­ucts.
  • Generating mar­ket reports and analy­sis to help com­pa­nies under­stand the lat­est trends and devel­op­ments in the indus­try.
  • Providing insights and rec­om­men­da­tions for prod­uct mar­ket­ing and brand­ing strate­gies.
  • Assisting in con­tent cre­ation for web­sites, brochures, and other pro­mo­tional mate­ri­als.
  • Translating indus­try-related doc­u­ments and com­mu­ni­ca­tions into dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

Please let me know if you need fur­ther assis­tance.

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