When is Kosterina EVOO harvested?
Kosterina EVOO is harvested early in the season (November or December) in Greece. The EVOO is then brought to the US, packaged and available for sale by March.This year’s harvest began in December 2020 and ended in January 2021. The EVOO from this harvest will be available for sale until February 2022.
What varietal of olives is Kosterina EVOO made from?
Kosterina EVOO is always made from a single crop of early harvest Koroneiki olives - the most popular (and we believe the best) varietal in Greece.
What is the polyphenol count of Kosterina EVOO?
Kosterina EVOO is a high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil. Our Organic Everyday EVOO has a polyphenol count of at least 300 mg/kg as measured at the time of harvest, and our Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a polyphenol count of at least 400 mg/kg as measured at the time of harvest.
How are Kosterina polyphenol counts measured?
Kosterina has a chemical analysis done by a third party as soon as the harvest is complete each year. We use the Folin-ciocalteu method for phenol testing.
What is the acidity profile of Kosterina EVOO?
The acidity level of Kosterina Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil is .17%. The acidity level of Kosterina Organic Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil is .29%.For reference, in order to be deemed “extra virgin,” an olive oil must have an acidity level below .80%.
What is the smoke point of Kosterina EVOO?
The smoke point of all Kosterina extra virgin olive oils is over 450° F, making it an excellent choice for grilling, roasting, baking, frying, or cooking at most high temperatures. You can read more on the science of cooking with olive oilhere.
What is the flavor profile of Kosterina EVOO?
The flavor profile for Kosterina Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil is green tomato, artichoke, and banana.
For reference, quality EVOO should smell like fresh grass, fruit, or vegetables and reveal more fruit and vegetable flavors as you swirl it around your mouth and taste it. High-polyphenol EVOO should also have a peppery sensation at the back of your throat when you swallow it.
What does the “best by” date on Kosterina EVOO bottles mean?
The “best by” date on Kosterina EVOO bottles is by no means an expiration date, but rather a frame of reference for when EVOO should be consumed for maximum fresh flavor and health benefits.Our “best by” dates are marked for 2 years after harvest.
Is Kosterina EVOO organic?
Kosterina Organic Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil is certified organic.
Kosterina Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil (and all of our flavored olive oils, which use the Original as their base EVOO), are produced using organic farming methods but are not yet certified as organic. We do not use herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. We have applied for our organic certification and expect to receive it in 2022.
What is the difference between the Everyday EVOO and Original EVOO?
Kosterina Original EVOO is highly aromatic and intensely flavorful - a testament to its high polyphenol content of +400 mg/kg. It is ideal for drizzling, dipping, and finishing – anytime temperature is not applied, in order to experience the full extent of its robust flavor.
The Organic Everyday EVOO has a more mild flavor that will not overpower your food, a slightly lower polyphenol content of +300 mg/kg, and an incredible price point for the quality. It is perfect for using liberally when cooking any meal.
In summary, our blue bottle lives next to your stove and our white bottle lives on your kitchen table. Read morehere.
Is Kosterina EVOO safe for skin?
Absolutely! There is a long history of the effectiveness of EVOO and its benefits for the skin. Cleopatra famously would use olive oil for her skin care rituals. And dermatologists andstudies agree: EVOO does wonders for your skin (and hair!). Not only is it great for hydration and glow, but it's packed with antioxidant properties like squalene that protect your skin from free radicals, environmental damage and more.Of course, we encourage you to defer to your dermatologist when in doubt. And you can read more about this topichere.