Greek Olives and Oil

Greek Olive Oil Basics


Greece is the third largest olive oil producing nation in the world (after Spain and Italy), but the first in consumption of olive oil, which is somewhere around 20 quarts per person a year. Simply put: Greece produces excellent olive oil and Greeks can’t live without it! There is so much confusion about olive oil, however. Here are a few basic facts about the categories and about the specific types of Greek olive oil and the main Greek regions olive oil is produced in. You will also find information on Greek olive oil regions, how Greek olive oil is used in Greek cooking, how to discern the quality of an olive oil, and, finally, why olive oil is so good for us, the absolute foundation of the Greek-Mediterranean Diet.