Olive oil, often referred to as "liquid gold," is as diverse in color as it is in flavor and aroma. The hues of olive oil are a testament to the complexities of its production process and the myriad of olive varieties. This is where science meets artistry.
Shades of Green
The primary color of olive oil is a golden green. Here are three factors that can influence the color of the olive oil:
Olive Variety: Different olive varieties have varying levels of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants. This leads to variations in the green color of the oil.
Ripeness: Olives harvested at different stages of ripeness yield oils with different green tones.
Processing Time: The time between olive harvesting and oil extraction can influence the greenness of the oil. Immediate pressing often results in a more vibrant green hue.
Gold, Amber, and Beyond
While green is the dominant color, you might also come across olive oils that display golden, amber, or even orange hues. These colors are typically associated with olives harvested later in the season.
Color and Quality
The color of olive oil, in combination with its aroma and taste, provides valuable insights into its quality:
Bright Golden Green: Often signifies a fresh and robust flavor. This olive oil is considered early-harvest and is of the highest quality.
Yellow Hue: Suggests the olives used to create the oil were harvested later in the season and possibly not pressed right away.
Our Commitment to Excellence
At Olivo Amigo, we take pride in producing extra-virgin olive oils that are harvested early in the season and pressed right away in order to provide you with the highest quality golden green olive oil.
We hope you've gained a new appreciation for the beautiful array of shades that olive oil can exhibit. If you have any questions or need assistance choosing the perfect olive oil for your next meal, don't hesitate to reach out to our team.