Which olive oil should I choose?

Your choice of olive oil is purely a matter of personal taste. Just as there is no such thing as the best wine or the best cheese, neither is there an olive oil that is "the best". We hope you will try different ones to see what suits your palate.

Remember that unlike an open bottle of wine, an open olive oil bottle or tin keeps for months if you keep it in a cool place out of direct light. The flavor of many mild oils is fragile. They ought to be consumed within a year for optimal flavor. On the other hand, many full flavored olive oils may be kept 2 or 3 years with no ill effect.

One myth: that olive oil has a low temperature threshold. It actually has a very high and is great for frying vegetables and meats.

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Our olive oil selection

We have listed below all of the olive oils that we carry, along with descriptions of their flavors and uses. 

Product

Olive varieties and origin

Flavor

Recommended for

Nian Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

100% cold pressed Arbequina olive oil from Catalonia

Silky, smooth oil with no bitterness. Flavors of almonds and dried fruit

Fresh crusty bread for dipping; garden salad with tomatoes

Señorío de Vizcántar Special Selection Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Picudo, Hojiblanca and Picual from Cordoba

Complex warm and fruity flavor. First cold pressed - very low acidity

Green salads and dipping with crusty bread; good for cooking meats, stews, seafood and sautés.

Can Solivera Wild Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Balanced blend of Arbequina and Empeltre from Aragon

Medium - fruity and flavorful

Dip some crusty bread in it, or adorn a salad bowl of baby greens

Mas Tarrés Extra Virgin Olive Oil PDO Siurana

100% cold pressed Arbequina olive oil from Catalonia

It has delicate flavors of green apples, herbs and roasted almonds

It is the perfect pairing for fresh greens, sautéed garden vegetables or warm baked bread

Olivar de la Luna Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Nevadillo Blanco, from Sierra Morena in Andalusia

Fruity flavor, smooth texture, with peppery finish

Perfect oil for crusty bread and salad greens

'First Day of Harvest' Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Arbequina from Andalusia

Fresh, fruity and bursting with flavor

Enjoy it on its own, with a loaf of fresh or toasted bread

Ego Sum Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Toro Edition - Subtle

Coupage of Hojiblanca and Arbequina oils from Castilla-la Mancha

Buttery and mild with herbal, nutty flavors

Perfect for fresh salads and for sauteing vegetables and seafood.

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