Contrary to popular belief extra virgin olive oil is perfect for cooking, and is the primary cooking oil used across the Mediterranean. Typically both pan frying and deep frying are performed at heats below what is considered the average smoke point for extra virgin olive oil, around 370°F. In fact, even when heated to high temperatures, olive oil still maintains most of its nutritional properties. Quality extra virgin olive oils with low acidity and containing more polyphenols have much higher smoke points.
Furthermore, it has been proven that cooking vegetables with extra virgin olive oil makes the plant phenols more bioavailable to the human body. The benefits of the Mediterranean diet cannot be discussed without including olive oil. Created from one of the first plants domesticated by humans, this completely natural product has been proven to be one of the healthiest, most beneficial foods on our planet.
We think it tastes pretty good too!