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Olive Oil

A fruit oil obtained from the olive.

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A Quick Tip by Bethany_K

  • Apr 23, 2010
Olive oil with parm, salt, pepper and fresh bread is like a piece of heaven. And good for you - minus the bread, cheese and salt:)
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review by . September 30, 2009
posted in Resort Living
Popeye's wonderland
Turkey has to be the only place on the whole wide world that has olive for breakfast! Olive for breakfast, olive for lunch, olive oil for cooking, olive oil for frying, olive oil for the hair & skin & olive soap for bathing!!! Popeye's wonderland ;-)            As for me, I only like olive (oil) for my hair :-)))   Yes, you hear me right. Olive Oil for the hair. I know, most use Olive Oil for cooking and the extra-virgin oil is especially …
Quick Tip by . September 18, 2010
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
Cold pressed organic olive oil is not only great on salads, but also excellent for the skin.
Quick Tip by . March 26, 2010
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
Extra virgin olive oil can reduce risk of coronary heart disease by improving cholestrol levels. I like that.
Quick Tip by . September 30, 2009
posted in The Rice Table
Not only is this good for the stomach & the skin, it's also good for the hair!
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Hello Lunchers!      I am a contributing writer foran onlinelife and style website that highlights hot-spots in Minneapolis and Chicago. As such, I frequent many new boutiques, restaurants, … more
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Olive oil is a fruit oil obtained from the olive (Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The wild olive tree originated in Asia Minor and spread from there as far as southern Africa, Australia, Japan and China. It is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is used throughout the world, but especially in the Mediterranean.

Olive oil is the main cooking oil in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.

Extra-virgin olive oil is mostly used for salad dressings and foods to be eaten cold. Used cold, its strong flavor is able to stick out while not being compromised by heat. It is also used for sauteing ingredients.

The higher the temperature to which the olive oil is heated, the more one should prefer the use of refined olive oils. When extra-virgin olive oil is heated above 350 °C (662 °F), the unrefined particles within the oil get burned. This leads to deteriorated taste and even toxicity. Also, the pronounced taste of extra-virgin olive oil is not a taste most people like to associate with their deep fried foods. Refined olive oils are perfectly suited for deep frying foods and should be replaced after several uses.

Choosing a cold-pressed olive oil can be similar to selecting a wine. The flavor of these oils vary considerably and a particular oil may be more suited for a particular dish. Also, people who like lots of tannins in their red ...
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