Serious About Seriously Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Serious About Seriously Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil

on Sunday, 16 February 2014. Posted in Inside Market Hall

It’s no secret, we love extra virgin olive oil. Here at Market Hall Foods, we are champions of real, exceptional extra virgin olive oil and have been for decades. As longtime supporters of extra virginity, we are committed to bringing you the best, true extra virgin olive oils from around the globe.

Make Sure of Your Source

We carry only the finest extra virgin olive oils from artisan producers we know personally.

Ours are some of the best olive oils in the world, and here's how we know:

  • Each of our extra virgin olive oils is made from the first pressing.
  • Each of our oils starts with passionate producers—whom we visit and have longstanding relationships with—true artisans committed to making olive oil the right way from harvest to bottle.
  • We meticulously taste and evaluate to bring you the best range of olive oils to suit any palate or purpose.
  • Olive oil is essentially a fruit juice, so the flavor can change over time. We continue to taste each and every olive oil throughout the year to ensure that the best-quality and tastiest extra virgin olive oils make it to your table. 
  • We only offer current harvest oils, the freshest possible product.
  • As influencers in the California olive oil industry, we have nurtured small local growers and producers.
  • All of our California olive oils are Certified Extra Virgin by the California Olive Oil Council.
  • Our experts on staff have been working in the olive oil industry for more than 25 years.

In the words of Rolando Beramendi, who sources our Italian extra virgin olive oil: "We are working with real farmers that we know, who all own their own trees, who produce everything at their estate. In wine terms, this is the equivalent of a Grand cru, versus a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck."

evoo dark bottle 350x600How to Store Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Keep it Cool

Heat is the enemy of olive oil. Don’t keep it next to the stove—EVOO loves a cool, dry place like a pantry or cupboard.

Keep it Dark

Light exposure hastens rancidity. Only buy olive oil in dark bottles, metal cans, or boxes to protect it from light and sun.

Use it Quick

Olive oil deteriorates over time. It’s best to use your olive oil within 2–3 months after opening, so enjoy in abundance!


crudo 500mlHow to Read an Olive Oil Label

Another great way to know that your extra virgin olive oil is truly extra virgin is to read the label. Here are 5 things to look for when buying extra virgin olive oil:

1. Location

The specific region or city where the producer is located. Imposters will be vague. "Made in Italy" is not good enough. This can mean it's packaged, not produced there.

2. Harvest Date

An authentic producer will print the date of harvest.

3. Varietals

Which kind of olive or olives are used? A true extra virgin olive oil will make clear its origins.

4. Estate

Many of the best extra virgin olive oils come from a single estate and will state this on the label.

5. Price

Finally, this is one case where you get what you pay for. If the price seems unreasonably cheap, there's a reason.

Buying your extra virgin olive oil online? Find all this information (and more!) on every product page.

We've listed all this information plus tasting notes on the product page for each olive oil (just look under the "More Info" section).

Still have questions? We're here for you. Give us a call at 888.952.4005, ext. 1, (or email us at and we'll help you pick out the olive oil that is right for you. 

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