How Do European Extra Virgin Olive Oils Differ?

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  • The greatest impact on taste is the type of olive tree (cultivar), region (which affects climate and soil) and time of harvest. Europe offers a vast array of flavor profiles, so keep a variety of oils in your pantry for different occasions.
  • Olives harvested early in the season, late August (varies by region), are under-ripe and produce oils that are greener, more bitter and pungent. 
  • Olives harvested at the end of the season, late November into December, are over-ripe and tend to taste mild and buttery.

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