The Best OLIVE OILS What’s the best bottle for your money? Real Simple staffers and Nicholas Coleman, the chief olive-oil specialist at Eataly, New York City’s Italian-food mecca, sampled nearly 100 to find out.
Independent tests at the University of California found that 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake! The US alone spends 1.5 billion dollars a year on olive oil. It might not seem worth the effort to make fake oil, but in one Italian bust alone, authorities broke up a criminal gang sitting on $8 million worth of fake oil.
This may explain why the brand I have was awful! The following brands which were labeled extra-virgin FAILED to meet extra-virgin olive oil standards: • Bertolli • Carapelli • Filippo Berio • Mazzola • Mezzetta • Newman’s Own • Pompeian • Rachel Ray • Safeway • Star • Whole Foods These brands DID MEET extra-virgin olive oil standards: • Corto Olive • California Olive Ranch • Kirkland Organic • Lucero (Ascolano) • McEvoy Ranch Organic