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Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil is a liquid fat obtained from olives, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin, produced by pressing whole olives and extracting the oil. It is commonly used in cooking, for frying foods or as a salad dressing. It is also used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps, and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps, and has additional uses in some religions. The olive is one of three core food plants in Mediterranean cuisine; the other two are wheat and grapes. Olive trees have been grown around the Mediterranean since the 8th millennium BC.
Infused Olive Oil
The infusion of the other flavors occurs after pressing occurs.
Makers use fresh EVOO and infuse it with essential oils and other botanical extract of herbs and /or other products after it’s been pressed.
Infused olive oil is great for making beauty products such as lotions, creams, and other scented products like perfumes. This is a wonderful ingredient for both scrubs or soaps as well. There are many health benefits, each unique to the ingredients used. The longer the ingredients sit in the container together, the stronger the infusion.
White Balsamic Vinegar
White Balsamic Vinegar is made by blending white grape must with 100% Italian barreled aged white wine vinegar, both made from Albana, Trebbiano and Montuni grapes which grow exclusively in the region of Modena, Italy. The traditionally cooked grape must is then lightly filtered to remove any skins from the cooked must and is placed into new white oak barrels for aging. The white balsamic condimento is less complex and has not been caramelized over an open wood fire in copper kettles, as the dark condimento has been.
Fused Olive Oil
In Italy, fused oils are known as “Agrumato Oils” Fused oils offer a combination of flavors in the truest sense, and are created by crushing ripe olives along with their flavor counterpart. This is called Agrumato Method.
Examples of plants that can contribute are Chilies, herbs, or citrus fruits. The extraction of these oils married with that of ripe olives yields a product with a rich, intense flavor profile. Lemon fused olive oil, for example, can be used when baking sweets like biscotti, cake granola, and cookies.
If that wasn’t enough, each combination also offer its unique health benefits by way of antioxidants
Dark Balsamic Vinegar
Dark Balsamic Vinegar is made with Trebbiano grapes and on occasion with some Lambrusco grape must. The balsamic undergoes cooking and caramelizing in a copper kettle over an open wood fire before being aged the traditional Solera Method - Modena, Italy. The balsamic is placed in old wood barrels that previously held older batches of aged balsamic vinegar. These barrels, similar to wine barrels, are made from different woods including oak, chestnut, acacia, cherry, mulberry, ash and juniper. These woods add character to the vinegar.