Remember the best way to taste olive oil is to take a sip of about 20ml. Let it sit at the back of your tongue and then whilst gritting your teeth, suck in some air. The flavour should really hit you at this stage and you can then either spit it out or swallow it. If you do swallow it, you will notice how smoothly it goes down. Wait 5 seconds and then.... BANG!! A really good olive oil will start to burn your throat. These are the healthy polyphenols. Old olive oil (most of what you buy from the supermarket) will leave a soapy residue in your mouth. It has no health benefits and is no fun to taste!
Below is a photo of the harvester that we use. We have a video from last years' harvest on our website if you are interested in seeing how this works. The other photo shows how we press the olive oil straight into our unique metallic bags. These 1000L bags keep the oil cool and prevent the oil from coming into contact with air and light.
Nutrition Australia have just released their new "Healthy Eating Pyramid" and we are thrilled to see that they have filled the entire top level of the pyramid with olive oil (to represent healthy fats that are an important part of our daily diet to support heart health and brain function). Nutrition Australia CEO Lucinda Hancock said “The new Pyramid cuts through the misleading information and fad diets that are getting so much attention, and provides Australians with a credible, flexible and realistic guide to eating well.” For more information on their updated recommendations you can visit their website: http://nutritionaustralia.org
Tempura Cooked in Olive Oil
1 cup of plain flour
½ cup of cold water
Heaps of Seaview Grove EVOO
Vegetables of your choice
Slice vegetables into thin bite-size pieces.
Prepare batter by blending two eggs thoroughly with the flour.
Add water slowly into the thick batter until it becomes smooth.
Heat the olive oil up to medium-high temperature (160-180).
Cover small quantities of the sliced vegetables in the batter and fry.
For tips on this recipe (to get it looking as good as it does in the photo) and for more recipes visit our recipe page on our website.