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Olive oil

What is olive oil? About the ingredient olive oil. Including 5,837 recipes with olive oil, nutrition data, photos, where it's found, and video.


Mainly there are two grades of olive oil.  Extra-virgin olive oil and olive oil.  Unique among oils, extra virgin olive oil is made from the fresh juice of olives.  Extra-virgin olive oil must contain less than 1% acidity.

Recently olive oil, valued for it's flavor has also gained attention for it's health benefits thought to be helpful in preventing and protecting against heart disease.  Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and Omega 3. 

Flavors vary and color is no indication of the oil's quality.  It can be light and delicate to sweet to bitter or peppery.

Traditionally Olive oil is the cooking medium of the Mediterranean.  Regular olive oil is best for higher temperatures and deep-frying as it has a high smoke point. 

Olive oil can also be used in baking and for the short-term preservation of roated vegetables, wild mushrroms, goat cheese and pesto.


It should be used as soon as possible after purchase as possible.  If you store it make certain to keep it in a cool and dark cupboard.



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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tablespoon (13g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 114Calories from Fat 117
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.0g 20%
Saturated Fat 1.8g 9%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 0.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Olive oil is usually found in the oils section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Olive oil is a member of the Fats and Oils USDA nutritional food group.

How much does olive oil weigh?

measure grams
1 tablespoon 13
1 cup 216
1 tsp 4

In Chinese:橄榄油
British (UK) term: Olive oil
en français:huile d'olive
en español:aceite de oliva

Recipes using olive oil

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