Extra virgin olive oil: symbol of the Mediterranean diet

Extra virgin olive oil is an Italian speciality recognised throughout the world. A symbol of the Mediterranean diet, it is the basic element of a healthy and balanced diet.

Since its discovery, it has always played an important role in the culture and economy of our country. It arrived in Italy thanks to the Greeks, and olive cultivation spread mainly in the areas of Magna Graecia.

With the Romans, the olive spread throughout Italy and beyond, and olive oil soon became one of the most sought-after products throughout the Empire, both for cooking and for consumption.

Extra virgin olive oil: characteristics

Much more than just a food, extra virgin olive oil has exceptional properties and benefits for the health and well-being of everyone. 

  • Reduces cholesterol and protects the heart and the entire cardiovascular system
  • Slows down the ageing of cells by counteracting the formation of free radicals
  • Protects the skin and makes it more elastic
  • It has an anti-inflammatory effect

All these properties are unique to this type of oil, as other oils, such as seed oils, are not as healthy as they are obtained through the use of chemicals and more complex manufacturing processes. 

On Tomolo you will find the best producers of extra virgin olive oil in Italy, including the Azienda Agricola La Pianurella, which has more than 4,000 trees cultivated according to the criteria of organic farming.

Preserved in oil: why choose extra virgin olive oil?

It is very common, especially in the summer, to make "preserves" for the winter. The aim is to be able to enjoy the flavour of certain foods all year round, even when they are out of season and therefore unavailable. 

There are different types of preserves, but the most common is oil. On our portal, we have selected the best canned vegetables in oil. But why is it important to use extra virgin olive oil?

First of all, taste: an oil in oil with a good extra virgin olive oil will certainly taste better than any other oil, so much so that it can be reused for cooking or seasoning.

In addition, the fact that most foods are generally preserved in cold-added oil means that its nutritional components and properties remain intact.

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