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7 Jul 2006

Wonderful Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In the mediterranean countries of Europe people eat a lot of olive oil and it is becoming more and more popular worldwide due to it's flavor and it's health benefits. The best olive oil to use is organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil which comes from the first pressing of the olives and is produced by physical means with has no chemicals or heat treatment used.

Olive Oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which important in preventing cardiovascular disease. It is rich in Vitamins A, D, E and K, and the flavenoid polyphenols in olive oil are natural anti-oxidants which have many beneficial effects from healing sunburn to lowering cholesterol. It is very easy to digest.

Store in a cool dark place as extra virgin olive oil is sensitive to heat and light. I personally never keep a bottle longer than a month so that I get the best nutritional benefits from it.

Whatever is not used in the kitchen can be used in your bath or on your hair as it is a wonderful conditioner for dry skin and hair. Sophia Loren says olive oil is vital for maintaining her youthful looks. Can also soften cuticles by soaking your nails in it for 30 minutes and it is wonderful for chapped lips.

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Recipe of the Day

Caponatina
Oliveoilsource.com

You can eat this bruschetta style on toast points or topped over pasta. Will keep up to two weeks in the refrigerator

4 medium eggplants peeled and diced
4 onions sliced
1 1/2 cups olive oil
12 green olives
capers
12 large black olives pitted and diced
1 tablespoon of pine nuts
1/2 cup wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
Salt and Pepper
1/2 cup tomato sauce
4 stalks celery diced

Fry eggplant in 1 cup olive oil until browned. Remove from skillet
Add onions, browning gently over medium heat in another 1/2 cup olive oil.
Add tomato sauce and celery and cook until tender.
Add capers, olives and pine nuts, and the fried eggplant.
Heat wine vinegar and sugar until dissolved. Add this to eggplant mixture
Salt and pepper to taste.
Allow to simmer until flavors mix.


"For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it" The Bible

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2 comments:

Sexy Vegan Chick said...

Yum, that recipe sounds really good!

I'm part Italian so olive oil is a must for my family.

I soak my feet in it during track, it helps bring back some moisture and softens them.

GollyGumDrops said...

I love olive oil, and have started experimenting with different type. Right now Spanish is my favourite.