Olive oil is gaining ground & appreciation more and more lately due to its countless health benefits that are being revealed in a never-ending stream of research. Olive oil will help you live longer and healthier they say and that is great news, but what about the taste? Are all olive oils good and healthy?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an unprocessed fruit juice that reflects its terroir much like wine, and chefs around the world are only beginning to discover how to use different olive varieties to elevate their dishes to heights they never imagined.
But something else that has come to the forefront is the importance of choosing a high-quality olive oil to get the full advantage of these benefits. There’s a huge difference between a really great olive oil and one pretending to be. Mislabeled and substandard oils are a major concern for people who are responsible for making buying choices.
The only way to really know if one olive oil is good or not is to learn how to taste it. Most people can’t tell a high-quality olive oil that deserves the investment from an old, rancid one that shouldn’t be on the store shelves. In fact, we’ve been eating poor-quality olive oil for so long that a recent study found most people actually chose a rancid oil that has virtually none of the touted health benefits, over a fresh, healthful one simply because they didn’t know what they should be looking for and selected the one that seemed more familiar to them.
Tasting is simply a matter of paying attention and becoming more sensitive to the nuances of flavor. The knowledge of sensory evaluation is important not only for professional tasters but also for daily olive oil consumers who want to know exactly what they are eating.
During this workshop you will learn everything about:
The basic principles of olive oil tasting and sensory analysis.
The most important Greek olive varieties.
How to taste award-winning extra virgin olive oils from every corner of Greece but also olive oils with negative attributes, so you can learn to recognize the differences.
How to select an olive oil from the shelves and also which are the characteristics you must look for in an Extra Virgin Olive Oil (so you can make good buying choices and avoid olive oil fraud).
How to pair different olive oils with specific foods.
All the benefits of Greek olive oil for your health, beauty and well-being.
After you have learned to recognize different types of olive oil, your daily life will change dramatically. You will know how to distinguish a good quality olive oil from a poor one. You will know the difference between fruity, bitter, and spicy flavors as well as which olive oil goes better with fish and which exalts the flavor of meat.
This workshop will also teach you how to store olive oil so that its flavor remains intact over time. Learning how to taste will enhance your olive oil experience for life and you will gain a new appreciation for an everyday cooking staple.
Unfold your senses and let's get started!