Delicious Cooking with South African Extra Virgin Olive Oils
South African extra virgin olive oils are firmly owning their space on the global stage; this is not only reflected in all the international awards they win but also in the overwhelming praise from the panel judging the SA Olive Awards entries.
In a year of climatic challenges, producers have once again risen to the challenge. Opinions vary as to how these challenges have influenced the taste of the competing oils, but at a time when oils could be bitter, there is actually a ‘wonderful array of aromas and flavours’ according to the judges.
Check for the SA Olive Seal
Remember to look for the best before date on the packaging when purchasing extra virgin olive oil, as well as for the CTC seal. This seal indicates that you are buying high quality, locally produced extra virgin olive oil. The quality of olive oil is affected by heat, air and light. Store it in a cool, dark place (14 – 17 degrees) and close the top firmly between uses.
Cooking with South African Extra Virgin Olive Oils
There are three styles of extra virgin olive oil: delicate, medium and intense. The style you use is up to personal taste and also determined by what you use it for.
We suggest you try delicate oil for baking and fish; medium for salads and roasted vegetables; and intense for grilled or roasted meats and tomato dishes. Try these delicious recipes that have all been made with South African extra virgin olive oils.
Recipes Using South African Extra Virgin Olive Oils
Marinated Zucchini Salad with Toasted Seeds & Coriander Dressing
Style of extra virgin olive oil used – medium intensity.
This salad is so easy to put together and is full of healthy goodness from the raw veggies, seeds and extra virgin olive oil. This salad works well as a tasty, light start to a meal or side dish – perfect for any spring or summer occasion.
Did you know? Olive oil contains high levels (65 – 85%) of monounsaturated fatty acids which maintain the healthiest cholesterol balance. This is more than most cooking oils.
Smoked Paprika Spatchcock Chicken
Style of extra virgin olive oil used – intense
Preparing a chicken spatchcock essentially means cutting the chicken down the middle, opening it up and flattening it out. This method ensures that your chicken cooks evenly and remains juicy.
Did you know? Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in Vitamins E, A, D and K (Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant).
Chocolate Olive Oil Torte with Cardamom, Pears and Almonds
Style of extra virgin olive oil used – delicate intensity
Chocolate, almond and pear – this is a dessert flavour combination trifecta! A divine, fudgy torte that is best served with a dollop of vanilla-infused mascarpone or fresh cream.
Did you know? The high levels of polyphenols in EVOO are strongly antioxidant and fight the free radicals in our bodies. Excess free radicals cause oxidative stress and have been linked to many forms of cancer.
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