69% of American Olive Oil is Fake!

69% of American Olive Oil is Fake!

We all know that you鈥檇 have to live in a cave to not have heard about the health benefits of olive oil. It鈥檚 a monounsaturated fat that is a major component of the Mediterranean diet and is believed to be a factor why people in that area of the world are some of the healthiest and long-lived. Here is a small reminder of the benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 馃檪

1 – Its good for your sex life
2 – Weight loss secret weapon (deliver longer lasting weight loss results)
3 – Diabetes deterrent
4 – Pain relief
5 – Skin Saviour
6 – Mental agility
7 – It strengthens your immune system
8 – It keeps your body running smoothly
9 – Pregnancy aid
10 – Longevity

Plus many many more benefits .. including increase bone density, prevent cancer, strokes, and heart disease, lower blood pressure…But it is looking like what many people thought the benefits would be when buying olive oil from main stream distributors in the US, might be a fake! Also do not think you are safe because you are in Australia as studies done in Australia and New Zealand found that half of our Mediterranean imports were fake, too. Anywhere olive oil is in demand is a possible target.Read the full article in detail by clicking here, but the takeaways are:Why are they making fake oil? To make more money!

Who is doing it? Who knows as some of the “expert” tasting panels can not tell the difference but here is a short name and shame list from Independent tests at the University of California, who found that 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake. This study reported that the following brands failed to meet extra virgin olive oil standards:

Bertolli
Carapelli
Colavita
Filippo Berio
Mazzola
Mezzetta
Newman鈥檚 Own
Safeway
Star
Whole Foods

The Solution?聽To keep buying locally and supporting boutique producers like us 馃檪

 

The long and the short you can be rest assured that Wulura’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is 100% from our farm, grown by us and 100% Extra virgin Olive Oil (cold pressed). “Quality without compromise”Please check your cupboard for any of these fakes (disposing of in a safe manner) and to ensure you have adequate supplies of the “real deal” you can download our order form by clicking here聽or calling me, Jenny, direct on 08 9755 1049.I would love to know your thoughts on this topic and any personal experiences you have had with the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil or these聽 nasty”Fakes” out there.

Recipes of the month:

Farfalle With Salmon
Serves 4-6

This is a simple quick recipe. It works well either as an appetiser or as a main meal if sever with plenty of crusty bread and salad.

Ingredients:
150g/ 6oz broccoli florets
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
225g/ 8oz thinly sliced leeks
16 cherry tomatoes halved
60g/ 2 1/2 oz double cream for whipping (I replace with low fat cream and it works well)
225g/ 8oz smoked salmon, cut into strips
450g/1lb fresh farfalle
Ground black pepper

Method:

Divide the broccoli into tiny florets, then blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and refresh in cold water. Reserve

Melt the butter in a pan, add the olive oil and saute the sliced leeks for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the drained broccoli and tomatoes, double cream and smoked salmon and heat throughout, stirring occasionally. Cover with a lid and reserve.

 

Meanwhile, cook the farfalle in plenty of salted boiling water (with a dash of olive oil in there) for 1-2 minutes or until “al-dente’. Drain and return to the pan. Add the cream and smoked salmon mixture. Toss lightly and serve immediately sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper.

Warm Roasted Potato With Spicy Sausage
serves 4

800 g (1 lb 12 oz) small waxy potatoes
2 tbp olive oil
1tsp sea salt
4 small chorizo sausages (about 470 g/ 1 lb 1 oz), cut into 1cm (1/2 inch) slices
100 g (3 1/12 oz/ 1 small bunch) rocket (arugula), leaves trimmed and roughly torn
100 g (3 1/12 oz) semi-dried (sun-blushed) tomatoes
crusty bread to serveSeeded mustard dressing3 tbs Olive Oil
1 tbs seeded mustard
2 tbs sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar

Preheat the oven to 200c (400F/ Gas 6). scrub the potatoes and pat them dry. Put them in a roasting tin without any oil or seasoning and bake for 20 minutes, or until starting to soften. Remove from the oven and gently squash each potato using a potato masher, until the skins burst and they are slightly flattened. Lightly drizzle the oil over each potato, sprinkle with the sea salt and gently toss to coat. Roast for a further 10 -15 minutes, or until crispy and golden.Meanwhile, put a frying pan over the high heat. Add the chorizo and dry-fry for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through and golden. Transfer to a serving dish with the rocket and tomatoes.

Put all the seeded mustard dressing ingredients into a small bow. Whisk well and season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the crispy potatoes to the salad, pour the dressing over and toss well.
Serve hot or warm with crusty bread.

Farm Update

Grape harvest for 2015 is under full swing. All the whites are now picked and the reds we are now ‘Baume” testing to judge the best picking time.

Yields of white grapes are down across the region due to impact from weather in spring but the quality is good as the vines were not working hard carrying this lighter crop. Naturally the proof will be in the tasting 馃檪

Th cows on the farm are blooming in health as they are now 8 months pregnant and will be due to start to calf in a months time after this years wine vintage, always easier to be focusing on one thing at a time (easier said than done). Nature at its best at calving time.

The olive trees are looking very well, with the crop yeild looking the same as usual, although our stocks of Extra Virgin Olive Oil are getting light due to our ever growing popularity. Picking will be late April to May as usual with the first releases of oil set to be around August – October as we must let the oil settle after pressing.

Remember our clean skin ssb 2014 is still on offer (for an order form click here or call 08 9755 1049) and to check your larder (and help your friends) for any of those “Fakes”.

Happy dining, I look forward to hearing from you and keep well.

Best wishes

Jenny and the team from Wulura.

wulura
888 Wildwood Rd Yallingup Siding W A 6282
Postal:- P O Box 346 Dunsborough聽 W A聽 6281

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