Which Olive Oil to Buy in the USA?

Here is new information regarding authentic olive oil to buy:

NAOOA Certified Olive Oils

NAOOA Certified Olive Oils

List of authentic olive oils bearing the NAOOA Quality Seal which is awarded to olive oils that are tested for purity and quality.

365 Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain
365 Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Greece
365 Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Spray)
365 Organic Mediterranean Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
365 Unfiltered Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil
365 Unfiltered Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
365 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
365 Mediterranean Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil
American Roland Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Athenos Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Carlini Olive Oil
Cibaria Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Classico Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Classico Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Colavita Premium Selection Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Filippo Berio 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil Delicato
Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil Robusto
Filippo Berio Light-Tasting Olive Oil
Filippo Berio Olive Oil
Filippo Berio Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Goya Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Goya Unico Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Goya Olive Oil
Goya Light-Tasting Olive Oil
Iliada Extra Virgin Olive Oil
La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Robust
Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Smooth
Pompeian Classic Olive Oil
Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pompeian Light-Tasting Olive Oil
Sclafani Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Simply Nature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sprouts Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil Arbequina
Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cornicabra
Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek
Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil Italian
Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spanish
Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tunisian
Star Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Whole Foods Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sicily
Whole Foods Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Seville
Whole Foods Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Greece
Whole Foods Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Portugal
Zoe Extra Virgin Olive Oil

NAOOA Certified Quality Seal Program

Heart-healthy benefits and superior flavors have made olive oil a staple in many U.S. kitchens. But as with any premium product, there is a potential for imposters to mingle with the real thing. However there is an easy way for consumers to identify olive oil that delivers the quality they expect. The North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) offers a Certified Quality Seal Program as a way to recognize and promote olive oils that measure up to the industry’s standards of excellence.

It is a condition of NAOOA membership that all oil marketed by members must meet or exceed the International Olive Council (IOC) standard, so membership in the NAOOA is a de facto certification program. The NAOOA Certified Quality Seal Program steps up quality control another notch by submitting the Seal products for testing even more frequently and by including organoleptic analysis. One key difference with the NAOOA Certified Quality Seal and other programs is that brands participating in this program agree to have samples taken directly from the retail marketplace, in the same manner any consumer would purchase them.

To use the seal, a company must be an NAOOA member in good standing and the type of oil bearing the seal must be tested to ensure it meets or exceeds the IOC standard for olive oil. For more than fifty years, the IOC has been recognized as the worldwide quality-standard-setting body for the olive oil industry and its standard is the basis for the newly implemented USDA standard. An annual licensing fee for the Seal program allows the NAOOA to perform rigorous quality testing of each product at least twice per year.

The Certified Quality Seal Program demonstrates the NAOOA’s long-standing commitment to educate consumers about the benefits of olive oil and ensures the integrity of the product. It also lets product marketed by NAOOA members stand out from the competition, and with good reason. These companies have taken the initiative to lead the industry by voluntarily following standards that are far more stringent than what’s required by the U.S. government.

 

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Jane Biscarini From Rancho Santa Fe, CA to Rome, Italy to Chattanooga, TN I grew up in the San Diego area, down the street from the now famous Chinos Vegetable Market. We purchased our organic (wasn’t even a term then) veggies there. Their sweet white corn was a summer staple on our table. 20 years later Wolfgang Puck discovered them for his restaurants in Los Angeles and made them famous. Cooking fresh and delicious meals was always a part of my family life. My sisters and I all cooked. Then in my 20’s I discovered Italy- and my future Italian husband (from Milan). We originally moved to Italy to expose the kids (now Marco 22 and Isabella16 years old) to the Italian culture and language. Well, 10 years into it, we lived in Como, Florence ,Rome and my new favorite Puglia (the next Tuscany). At different intervals we have lived a total of a year with my Italian sister and mother in law, learning and integrating their cooking secrets from Lombardia, Liguria, and Piemonte. Our last year was spent in Puglia – Manfredonia to be exact- (not Macedonia although we kept slipping the tongue and saying that for months) a charming seaside town that is a new favorite and a foodie indulgence! I Completed a professional chef course for Italian cuisine in Terni (Umbria region) 2012. I taught Italian cooking classes for 3 years in Rome- to other foreigners, American embassy staff and secret service. For our work in Rome I prepared at least 2 lunches/dinners a week for Italians and this is what they say in their words: I have tasted many times the dishes prepared by Jane and I can say only this thing: “I’didn’t know that an American lady – I’m an Italian family – part time cook - could make so many tipbits of Italian, American, Mexican cooking, and the dishes are so good that I had to change my opinion about the quality of American food, and about the way used to combine various ingredients to obtain excellent results. Jane deserves a lot of congratulations for her work , for her commitment and for her passion!” Unforgettable her pumpkin soup and her New York cheese-cake, but also “amatriciana pasta” and “lasagna”! I never thought that an American pretty lady could teach me so much! Patrizia- Roma Hi, my name is Laura, I am italian and I live in Rome where I had known Jane since 3 years ago , so I have had the opportunity to go to her nice house many times and to appreciate her as hostess and good cook. Jane is able to cook perfectly every type of food, American, Mexican, Oriental but, above all, she is able to cook… Italian food better than an Italian!!!! It’s not easy to pass the exam of the “verdict” of Italians about different kinds of pasta, pizza, melanzane alla parmigiana, gnocchi and so on, but she is a great cook and she knows how to propose them in the best way as well. And in several occasions it happened that we – her Italian friends – asked her to give us the correct recipes! So I think you are lucky to have Jane as your cooking teacher, I am sure she ‘ll become one of your good friends too, and you’ll enjoy her cooking lessons! Laura Garassini Ho avuto modo di gustare la cucina di Jane, debbo dire che oltre ad essere meravigliosamente presentata i gusti non sono buoni, ma FANTASTICI!! Silvano Ferraro Translation: I had the chance to taste Jane’s cooking. I must say that on top of serving beautifully prepared dishes, their tastes are not good but fantastic! Per mia fortuna ho mangiato diverse volte cibo cucinato da Jane! E’ una esperienza sempre interessante per il palato e per la propria cultura gastronomica: Jane riesce, con poco e con grazia, a creare sapori perfetti che conducono in un viaggio sensoriale dalla tradizione italiana all’esperienza esotica… dove la certezza del buono si accompagna alla scoperta di nuovi gusti! Rosalba Translation: In my good fortune I have eaten Jane’s cooking various times. It is always an experience interesting for the palate and for the true cultural gastronomy. Jane can, with little and with grace, create the perfect flavors that conduct a voyage of the senses from the traditional Italian to the exotic experience…where the certainty of goodness is accompanied by the discovery of new flavors! Cara jane, ormai cucini così bene che meriteresti la cittadinanza italiana onoraria!!! Baci Gianluca Ievolella Translation: Now you cook so well that you deserve the honorary Italian citizenship!

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