As with any other type of food, olive oil is at its best when still fresh. However, unlike most other foods, olive oil takes a very long time to go bad, meaning that people often keep the same jars of olive oil in their cabinets and on their kitchen counters for months or even upwards of a year, using that same oil in their cooking.
However, it’s important to remember that olive oil is still a seasonal product, even though it has a very long shelf life. Olives are harvested in the mid-fall, and bottled not more than a few weeks after that. This means that most olive oil is going to be at its peak around the beginning of winter, though there are of course some exceptions depending on where the oil is coming from and who is the distributor/bottler.
So what are some reasons you might want to consider dumping that ten-month-old bottle of olive
oil that’s only about 20 percent filled by this point? Here are two of the main reasons for purchasing a new bottle of olive oil in January:
• It’ll give a better taste to your food. The sooner you buy olive oil after the harvest season, the better that oil will taste, and you’ll be able to taste the distinct flavors of each variety much more clearly. In fact, newly produced oils are still more likely to have that grassy, spicy hint that tends to fade after being in a bottle for too long, so the fresh oils are better for connoisseurs who enjoy that taste.
• It will last longer. The longer removed from the harvest that you purchase your oil, the shorter that the oil will last before losing its flavor and beginning to go bad. If you care about the freshness of your food and kitchen items, now’s the perfect time to make the purchase.
If you require additional information about the benefits of purchasing fresh, extra virgin olive oil, contact us today at My Olive Tree. We’ll be happy to tell you more about the products we have available to you.
Our mission is to create a partnership between the Evangelical community and the nation of Israel; this partnership will produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects in Israel. We envision the planting of one-million olive trees over the next seven years. This relationship was prophesied in the Bible centuries ago, that the foreigners and strangers (those not of Jewish descent) would help rebuild the walls of Israel and cause the desert to bloom (Isa 35:1). Among other things, this reforestation is an environmental blessing for the entire region. May all who participate in this project be blessed body, soul and spirit; it is time for you to take root in Israel!