This oil is obtained from olives. It can be used in multiple ways like in food or in cosmetics, soaps, pharmaceuticals etc.It is mostly used in Mediterranean countries.There are different types of olive oil with different flavor and quality. It has a very subtle aroma. It is a very versatile ingredient and is often used in cooking and is preferred more than other forms of oils as it has a lesser fat and butter content. The prices vary according to the quality.
Olive oil is not only used for cooking but also for beautification. It is used for head and body massages and helps strengthening nails
Extra virgin olive oil: Salads
Virgin olive oil: Sauteing, salad
Pomace: Best for Indian cooking as it has a high smoking point as comapred to the other olive oil varieties.
Olives do not hold much oil when they are green in color but that's when they taste the best. However, when they turn black their taste is less intensive and at that time it contains more oil.
The major difference between olive oil and other vegetable oil is its rich flavor.
Contrary to what people might think, it does not get better with age i.e it is desirable only till 18th months and after that it should be thrown away.