We specifically choose the varieties of olives used in our Oleavia Olive Oils for their unique flavor qualities. Many olive oils combine olives and oils from different regions. At Oleavia, we use two different types of olives to create our oils. Both are handpicked and processed at the location where it is grown and NEVER combined with other olives or oils. We use the Memecik olive to produce our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This olive provides a bold rich flavor with a peppery undertone.
The Ayvalik olive is used for both our Extra Virgin Olive Oil and our Early Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The difference in flavor between the two is due to the harvesting date of the olives. We collect and press the olives for the Early Harvest in the first week of October, producing a harmony of earthy, spicy, and fruity flavors. The same olive harvested at the end of October for our Extra Virgin Olive Oil provides a smoother finish and buttery flavor.
Harvesting & Pressing
In addition to selecting a premium variety of olives, the process used to make Oleavia Olive Oils ensures maximum freshness, taste, and quality. Throughout the Mediterranean, olives are traditionally harvested in November and December when olives are ripe and produce a higher yield. We harvest the olives used to make Oleavia Olive Oils in October. By most standards, this is considered an early harvest, generally resulting in a lower yield. The benefit, however, is that the fruit maintains higher levels of phenolic antioxidants and oleocanthal. We handpick the olives to prevent bruising or damage during the harvesting process.
Within hours of their harvest, we cold press the olives in a closed-system that prevents the oil’s exposure to light and air. This preserves the health benefits of the oil. To further avoid oxidization, we store the oil in a stainless steel cask under a layer of nitrogen. We then bottle the oil directly from the cask.
Cold pressing is a way to make olive oil without the use of heat or chemicals. Many types of olive oil are processed by pressing olives at higher temperatures. This method is known to produce a greater yield, but at the expense of the quality of the oil’s health benefits. Cold press processing retains the nutrients, purity, and freshness of taste found in a premium olive oil.
a healthy choice
Including extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in your diet can improve your health and may help prevent some of today's leading health concerns. The following properties of EVOO may provide health benefits that make it a healthy choice for cooking:
• Rich in monounsaturated oleic acid and antioxidants which may reduce your risk for heart disease
• Natural anti-inflammatory properties including oleic acid and oleocanthal may help reduce joint pain and swelling from rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic issues caused by inflammation.
• Has been linked to lowering blood pressure, increasing HDL cholesterol and preventing LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, potentially reducing the risk of stroke.
• May improve brain health. Some studies suggest that olive oil consumption may delay the onset of cognitive impairment and dementia.
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