Main Grades of Olive Oil

The main grades of olive oil that a consumer is likely to find in the shops in order of quality are as follows:

Extra virgin olive oil: This is the top grade of olive oil. It is the natural juice of the olive with the olive water removed. Its free acidity level must not exceed 0.8g per 100g. It must also have fault free aroma and flavour.

Virgin olive oil: This is the next grade of olive oil. It too, is the natural juice of the olive with the olive water removed. Its free acidity level must not exceed 2g per 100g. It must also have fault free aroma and flavour. Very little of this quality is sold in the shops

Olive oil: This oil is obtained by blending refined olive oil and virgin olive oil. Its free acidity level must not exceed 1g per 100g. In some countries this is known as ‘pure’ olive oil.

Olive pomace oil: This oil is obtained by blending refined olive-pomace oil with virgin olive oil. It’s free acidity level must not exceed 1g per 100g.