Then thereandrsquo;s Virgin Olive Oil, which is similar to Extra Virgin, but with slightly higher acidity (less than 2%). Likewise, Virgin Olive Oil cannot contain any refined oil.

Then we come to the common blended Olive Oil, which is often cheaper because it contains mainly refined oils blended with virgin olive oil. This adds a milder flavour and mild aroma and is up to 3.3% free acidity. Pure Olive Oil is good for cooking and frying and contains less antioxidants.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil should display fruity characteristics as it is a natural olive fruit juice. Good oils should have a good balance of fruitiness, bitterness and pungency and above all should be fresh.

Australians grow their own olives in certain parts of the country. One of the most respected growers is the Pukara Estate in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales. The cool winters allow the olive trees to rest and recuperate before the long hot summer that follows and these climatic conditions, as well as the terrain, provide the perfect environment to grow premium quality olives.

Pukara Estate has won numerous respected awards around Australia for their products since 2003 which demonstrates their distinctive quality. They distribute their products throughout Australia to gourmet and fine food stockists, including the online gourmet and fine food shop Australian Tru Blue , where in a couple of clicks you can purchase a wide range of premium olive oils for every special dining occasion.

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