Frequently asked questions
What is Ultra-Premium Standard certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Ultra-Premium Standard certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a new category of olive oil that distinguishes the highest quality olive oil in the world! They deliver the highest levels of beneficial antioxidants. The UP standard has principal barometers Chemistry and Freshness. These two underappreciated variables can be objectively measured, quantified, and certified. Since the highest quality EVOO comes from high quality fruit coupled with high quality production processes, the UP standard encompasses strict requirements for both the end-product and the production process.
What does “Extra Virgin” really mean when it comes to olive oil?
Extra virgin olive oil is derived from olives without the use of chemicals and heat. It is freshly pressed from the fruit of the olive tree, leaving the color, taste, vitamins and nutrients intact. The olives are crushed at room temperature, hence the term cold pressed. The oleic acid in the oil measures how good or bad the olives are prior to being cold pressed. Oleic acid is measured in grams. The limit in Europe is 0.8 grams of free oleic acid per 100 grams. Virgin olive oil will be below 2 grams per 100.
However, EVOO decreases in flavor and health benefits over time. Freshly crushed olive oil is like freshly squeezed fruit juice as it contains the most flavor and nutrients. Old, poorly made and improperly stored extra virgin olive oil yields few, if any, health benefits and less desirable flavor.
What makes our Extra Virgin Olive Oils different from the rest?
Branch & Vine offers only Ultra-Premium Standard certified Extra Virgin Olive Oils-the highest standards in the world! How do we know? Every one of our Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils are tested for chemistry at the time of crushing. We are proud of the freshness and quality and want you to know. That’s why this information is displayed on the front of our fustis in the stores.
We will give you the information of chemical levels online for each UP EVOO available. When you buy oil from us, you know you are getting fresh. Premium extra virgin olive oil that deliver high levels of beneficial antioxidants! If you buy oil elsewhere, and they can’t tell you the chemical levels, it’s because they don’t test theirs and therefore, cannot provide the quality and freshness.
Branch & Vine’s 100% UP EVOOs are sourced from around the world . . . California, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Australia, Chile, Peru, South Africa and other countries. Because we get our olive oils from both the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres, our selection changes every six months. This allows us to deliver to you the freshest olive oils available. Each of our EVOOs has aroma and flavor characteristics that vary depending on the country of origin, soil conditions, rainfall, climate and the variety of olive.
How can one decide which olive oil to use?
Becoming intimately familiar with a particular extra virgin olive oil's flavor, characteristics and chemistry (i.e. antioxidant content, Oleic acid, FFA and crush date) will help you make an educated decision about which olive oil is right for you. You don’t have to be an expert, you can definitely taste the difference!
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What is the expiration dates of your olive oils?
Our olive oils are are sourced from around the world . . . California, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Australia, Chile, Peru, South Africa and other countries. Because we get our olive oils from both the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres, our selection changes every six months. This allows us to deliver to you the freshest olive oils available. Storing your oils in a cool, dark location (protected from UV llight) will help preserve the life. Effective storage options range from stainless steel fusti's to UV protected dark glass bottle such as the one we provide.If your bottle is older than two years, consider starting with a fresh one.
Can I substitute Olive Oil for butter in baking?
Can I cook with extra virgin olive oil?
Are our Olive Oils Kosher?
Yes - Our EVOO's and our Custom blend Oils are certified - Kosher [Pareve]
Are our Olive Oils Dairy Free & Gluten Free?
What is the Nutritional Facts for our Olive Oils?
What antioxidant properties are contained in balsamic vinegar?
Oxidation reactions taking place in the human body to produce energy, conduce to formation of cell damaging free radicals as natural by-products. Free radicals damage cell membranes and manifest themselves in terms of premature aging, hardening of arterial walls and cancer. Antioxidants from balsamic vinegar destroy these free radicals and prevent cells from being destroyed.
How does balsamic vinegar lower the risk of some cancers?
The grapes from which balsamic vinegar is formed is known to contain a bioflavonoid called quercetin, which has antioxidant properties. Along with vitamin C, this antioxidant strengthens the immune system to fight cancer and other infectious diseases and inflammations. Balsamic vinegar also contains polyphenols which are anticancer agents.
Does balsamic aid in the digestion process?
Yes it does! The polyphenols in balsamic vinegar stimulate the activity of pepsin enzyme in the body. Pepsin is a digestive enzyme, which helps break proteins into smaller units (amino acids). Moreover, these polyphenols also assist the intestine in absorbing amino acids expeditiously. Efficient amino acid absorption enables the body to utilize it for cell building, repair and other body maintenance work. Thus, balsamic vinegar aids the digestion process.
How do I protect the shelf life of balsamic vinegar?
B&V's dark and white balsamic vinegar are all natural. There are no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Storing your balsamic vinegar in a cool, dark location (protected from UV llight) will help preserve the life. Effectively storing your balsamics may range from the use of a stainless steel fusti to a UV protected dark glass bottle such as the one we provide.
Is there added sugar to your balsamic vinegars?
Are our Balsamics Kosher?
Are your Balsamic Vinegars Dairy Free, Vegan & Gluten Free?
What is the "Mother" in balsamic vinegar?
Mother of vinegar - also called Mycoderma aceti (a New Latin expression, from the Greek μὑκης (fungus) plus δἐρμα (skin), and the Latin aceti (of the acid) - is a substance composed of a form of cellulose and acetic acid bacteria that develops on fermenting alcoholic liquids, which turns alcohol into acetic acid with the help of oxygen from the air. It is added to wine, cider, or other alcoholic liquids to produce vinegar.