What exactly is Extra Virgin Olive Oil? It is the freshly pressed juice of olives. These juices are cold pressed without chemicals or heat. All Olive Oils are not created equal and I must admit before being introduced to the Flavor Your Life’s Mission, I had very little knowledge about the Extra Virgin Olive Oils I would purchase. Yet, it has always been clear that the flavor is different with each brand I have tried. Thanks to the Flavor Your Life campaign I feel like a much better informed consumer. The Flavor Your Life campaign is supported by the European Union, Unaprol, and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news on European Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The Flavor Your Life campaign is the voice of Extra Virgin Olive Oil production quality control. Its goal is to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For this, I am so thankful!
Did you know the time of year an olive is harvested will result in different flavors as well as the region in which is was grown? European farmers have been cultivating the olive tree for thousands of years. This has resulted in the production of some of the finest Extra Virgin Olive Oils in Europe.
• Spanish oil is typically golden-yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor.
• Italian olive oil is often dark green and has an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor.
• Greek olive oil packs a strong flavor and aroma and tends to be green.
• French oil is typically pale in color and has a mild flavor.
Since Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a high smoking point at 400 degrees, it makes a great addition to hot dishes. My kids even love my Extra Virgin Olive Oil cookies! One of my favorite meals is Grilled Chicken Olive Oil Pasta with Broccoli. I shared the recipe below if you want to give it a try!
Grilled Chicken Olive Oil Pasta with Broccoli
1 large Chicken Breast
3 cloves of Garlic
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
8 oz whole wheat pasta
1/4 cup pasta water
16 oz steamed Broccoli
Garlic Pepper (sprinkle desired amount on chicken before grilling)
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
This dish is fairly quick and easy. When choosing your Extra Virgin Olive Oil for this dish, I find that both robust and delicate oils work well with the garlic. Saute the extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes on the stove until the garlic turns lightly brown. Get a pot of water boiling on the stove and toss the pasta in to cook. While that is boiling grill the chicken breast. I usually pepper my chicken before grilling it. Once pasta is fully cooked, scoop out a 1/4 cup of pasta water to use later. Drain the remaining water from your pasta. Leave pasta in strainer and add the Garlic Olive Oil mixture and pasta water to the pot and stir. Then add the broccoli, diced up chicken, and pasta to the pot and stir. Sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese over the pasta and serve.
Delicate European Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) are simply amazing when paired with your favorite bread. Simply dip your bread in the oil and enjoy! This makes for a great appetizer before meals as well as at parties.
Connect with the Flavor Your Life campaign online as well as on social media via Facebook and Twitter to learn more about European Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
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