The European Union funded campaign Flavor Your Life, which is dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil news, gives an up-close look into the olive oil production processes, including the Tuscan olive oil production processes
Bohemia, NY / myprgenie.com / ACCESSWIRE / April 15, 2014 / Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign that is dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil news, shares little known techniques used in olive oil production, including Tuscan olive oil production.
Olive oil production is an industrial process where oil is extracted from the olive fruit. The oil can be found in the lipovacuoli of the mesocarp cells in the pulp of the olive. The actual extraction of the juices from the olive fruit takes place in an oil mill. There are two important phases that must occur during extraction: the grinding/crushing of the olive fruit and the separation of the oil, which transforms it from a solid to a liquid.
The production of extra virgin olive oils is somewhat different compared to other olive oil grade production processes. Extra virgin olive oils contain the raw material of the olive fruit. They are extracted by purely mechanical processes that requires impact, pressure, centrifugation, decanting, filtration, surface tension and the mechanical treatment of the emulsions, whereas lower grade oils use chemicals and/or mechanisms that cause heat.
Here is a list of the steps for preparing olives for production and extraction:
- Milling is used to break the cell walls and drain the juices. Olive paste is typically produced in this step. Olive paste is composed of oil, water and solids.
- Kneading is used to mix the olive paste with water, which facilitates and propels the emulsion, thereby churning the water and oil in preparation for the next step.
- Extraction is used to separate the liquid oil from its solid form.
- Water-oil emulsion is also known as oil must. It contains a solid residue, known as sludge, which remains in suspension in the emulsion.
- Separation of olive oil from the water.
The Flavor Your Life campaign supported by the European Union, Unaprol and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news and health information about European extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil enhances the flavors of your recipes while providing health benefits. Flavor Your Life campaign, the voice of olive oil production quality control, aims to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing olive oil.
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SOURCE: Flavor Your Life