What Is Cold Pressed Olive Oil?by Berk Bahceci
Unveiling the Secrets of Cold Pressed Olive Oil: A Journey from Grove to Bottle
At Heraclea, our relationship with olive oil is not just about production; it's a deep-rooted passion that connects us with a rich cultural heritage and an unwavering commitment to quality. In this exploration, we delve into the world of cold pressed olive oil, unraveling its mysteries and virtues, backed by scientific insights and our hands-on experience.
The Heart of Cold Pressed Olive Oil
Cold pressed olive oil is not just a term; it's a promise of purity and authenticity. This method involves extracting oil mechanically without the use of heat, a practice that preserves the oil's rich array of flavors, nutrients, and antioxidants. Studies, such as those published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology, have shown that cold pressing helps retain higher levels of phenolic compounds, contributing to the oil’s health benefits and sensory qualities.
First Cold Pressed Olive Oil: A Marker of Unsurpassed Quality
In the world of olive oil, the 'first cold press' is a revered process. At Heraclea, this means that our olives, harvested from over 200 acres of lush groves, are pressed within four hours of picking. The oil extracted in this initial press is the most vibrant and nutrient-rich, capturing the essence of the olive in its purest form. As a study in the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology notes, the first press yields oil with optimal levels of oleic acid and antioxidants, key factors in its health benefits.
The Elegance of Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil represents the pinnacle of olive oil quality. When combined with cold pressing, like our cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, it results in an oil that's not just delicious but also rich in health-promoting properties. Extra virgin olive oil's low acidity and absence of chemical treatments make it a staple in healthy diets, as highlighted in research from the International Olive Council.
Embracing Organic: Our Cold Pressed Organic Olive Oil
Heraclea's commitment to sustainability is embodied in our organic cold pressed olive oil. Grown without synthetic chemicals, our organic olives produce oil that is not only better for the environment but also for our health. Research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition underscores the benefits of organic farming, indicating higher levels of certain nutrients in organically grown foods.
Science Meets Tradition in Our Process
Our process is a blend of age-old tradition and modern science. Once extracted, our olive oil is stored in stainless steel tanks, shielded from oxygen, at temperatures consistently below 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 degrees Fahrenheit). This meticulous method, as per findings in Food Chemistry, is crucial for preserving the oil's sensory and nutritional profile, ensuring every bottle of Heraclea olive oil is a testament to our dedication to excellence.
Heraclea: More Than Just an Olive Oil Brand
At Heraclea, we don't just produce olive oil; we live it. Every drop of our oil tells a story of dedication, from nurturing each olive tree to perfecting the cold press technique. Our journey is not just about creating a product but about honoring a legacy and sharing the extraordinary benefits of cold pressed olive oil with the world.
In every bottle of Heraclea olive oil, you'll find more than just oil; you'll find a piece of our heart, our history, and our promise of uncompromising quality.