The gift everyone’s happy to receive
It’s delicious, it’s healthy, it’s genuine, and it’s always a lovely and welcome gift. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is a wonderful Christmas gift or stocking filler – for men and women. Just make sure that the bottle carries the SA Olive seal as this assures you of the product’s high quality. More and more South African EVOOs are winning international awards each year and proving that they can and do compete with the best in the world.
Not only is EVOO full of flavour, but it also delivers an impressive list of health benefits. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is loaded with good fats and antioxidants, and because of this, it is known to reduce inflammation. Additional research has shown that a regular intake of EVOO can help in the fight against cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.
Extra Virgin Olive Oils come in three different styles – delicate, medium and intense. Even within a single style, flavour profiles can be very different. This diversity in flavours is what makes quality EVOO appeal to many different people’s palates. A gift of EVOO for someone who enjoys cooking will open doors to discovering how the different aromas and flavours can enhance a multitude of dishes.
Contrary to some myths, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is highly stable when heated. EVOO has a high smoke point and does not break down into harmful compounds like other oils when heated, which makes it perfect for cooking and experimenting with dishes.
Giving a bottle of ‘liquid gold’, as Homer, the ancient Greek author and poet used to call olive oil, is an elegant and tasteful (pun intended!) present. If you want to spruce up a bottle of EVOO, try wrapping it with vintage brown paper and some olive green ribbon. Since most good quality South African EVOOs are packaged beautifully, the gift remains attractive after opening and will look good on any kitchen counter or, for that liquid gold drizzle factor, on any dining table. Because EVOO belongs, and deserves to be, with the salt and pepper on every table, at every meal.