There has been a lot of talk about extra virgin olive oil in the news lately. What is extra virgin olive oil, exactly? Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) relates to the first cold pressing of the ripe green olives. Extra virgin is the highest premium grade for olive oil.
Taste and health benefits are the difference between olive oil and store-bought vegetable oils. It is fresh pressed from the fruit of the olive tree, leaving the color, taste, vitamins and nutrients intact. Because of the antioxidant components, olive oil stays fresh longer than vegetable oil.
EVOO increases HDL (good cholesterol), which actually helps to clear clogged arteries. This is why olive oil is first on the list of healthy oils and fats recommended by the American Heart Association.
Use this simple chart to convert the quantity of butter or margarine called for in a recipe to the required quantity of olive oil.
Butter or Margarine = Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 TSP BUTTER = ¾ TSP of EVOO
2 TSP BUTTER = 1 ½ TSP of EVOO
1 TBSP BUTTER = 2 1/4 TSP of EVOO
2 TBSP BUTTER = 1 1/2 TBSP of EVOO
1/4 CUP = 3 TBSP of EVOO
1/2 CUP = 1/4 Cup + 2 TBSP of EVOO
1 CUP = 3/4 Cup of EVOO
This healthful information provided by Mindy Lindeman at The Olive Tree at Hawthorne Plaza.