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The American Olive Oil Producers Association (AOOPA) was established as a voice for high quality domestic olive oil producers and consumers. America farmers united in 2012, forming AOOPA as a non-profit trade association, to ensure that there is a robust domestic production of extra virgin olive oil for consumer's health benefit and culinary enjoyment.
American Olive Oil Producers Association Mission:

To promote the viability of the domestic olive oil industry and ensure the integrity of olive oil for consumers


What is Olive Oil?

If you crunch a bunch of olives together, you’ll get olive oil and some water. The oil will soon float to the top. That’s how simple olive oil really is.

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What color is good olive oil?

The color of olive oil is not an indication of quality. Olive oil can range from vibrant green to golden yellow.

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What should I look for when buying olive oil?

• A dark colored glass bottle

• Bottles with a “best by” date, or better still a date of harvest. Try to buy oils only from this year’s harvest. “Best by” dates are usually two years from the time the oil was bottled, so if you see a date that is two years away, the oil is more likely to be fresh.

• Look for a single source from where the olive oil came from

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Should I refrigerate my olive oil?

Refrigeration does not harm most grades of olive oil, but it is not recommended because condensation may develop in the bottle, affecting the flavor.

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How should good olive oil be stored?

Olive oil should be kept in a well-sealed container in a cool, dark place such as a cabinet or in a pantry.

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Why does some olive oil have a bitter taste?

Bitterness, along with pungency and fruitiness are all present and well balanced in the very best olive oils.

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Why is olive oil so healthy?

Olive oil is known as one of the best sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, a type of fat that has been shown to improve blood cholesterol levels. The antioxidants in olive oil have also been shown to help fight a multitude of diseases.

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What does extra virgin mean?

Extra Virgin olive oil is the highest quality of olive oil available. Olive oil is considered “extra virgin” when it has been produced by a simple pressing of the olives, which allows it to provide the highest level of health benefits. Click here for the official definition of extra virgin olive oil.

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How long can I keep a bottle of olive oil?

As long as it’s stored away from heat and light, an unopened bottle of good quality olive oil will be fine for up to two years from the date it was bottled. Once the bottle is opened, it should be used within a few months.

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Which country makes the best olive oil?

There are high quality olive oil producers around the world, not just one country producing outstanding olive oil.

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What do you cook with olive oil?

You can use olive oil for all of your cooking. Extra virgin olive oil does lose its great taste when it’s heated to a point, so you might want to choose a more economical grade when you cook above a low/medium heat.

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Can you fry with olive oil?

Yes! Extra virgin olive oil’s smoke point is generally given as 410 degrees Fahrenheit, far above 250-350 degrees that covers most cooking.

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What is better filtered or unfiltered?

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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What does first press and cold press mean?

These terms are somewhat interchangeable and are used by producers on their labeling to reaffirm that extra virgin olive oil is an unrefined, natural product that has undergone very little processing and will retain it's nutritive value.

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