Olive oil, filtered or unfiltered?

Hello! If you are a consumer of olive oil, you have probably asked yourself this question more than once or better yet, you have asked it to the person who is selling it to you, What is better? Filtered or unfiltered olive oil?Other times it is the same person who sells it to you, the one who offers you the two options and it is possible that you did not know what to answer.

Throughout this article I am going to try to explain the differences between the two, which, although you may not believe it, are not many.

Preparation of olive oil

Olive oil goes through various processes until it becomes that dense yellow liquid that looks very similar to gold.

It all begins in the field, in the collection of the already ripe olive that is separated into two, the collection directly from the aerial part of the olive tree and the collection from the ground, this is done because the olive that falls to the ground absorbs unwanted substances for the Obtaining excellent olive oil.

Once it reaches the oil mill, it is first cleaned and then ground, resulting in a kind of paste made up of oil, fruit pulp, small parts of the olive pit and water.

Afterwards, a centrifuge is carried out in which the oil is separated from the rest of the elements and finally, the filtering or not of this oil is carried out.

What is the difference between filtered oil and unfiltered oil?

The only process that is eliminated from the entire journey that the olive takes until it becomes unfiltered oil is the last step, filtering.

You have already seen that all olives go through the same processes, except for filtering, which gives the oil clarity and a more transparent appearance.

An unfiltered oil has a denser appearance, with many highly visible suspended particles that give it a greener color.

The flavor also varies between a filtered olive oil and an unfiltered one, since the filtered one tends to be softer while the unfiltered one is characterized by a greater intensity due to those small particles in suspension that provide greater flavors of the fruit. .

Something that you should keep in mind if you buy unfiltered olive oil is that you cannot store it for a long time, since these particles that differentiate it from filtered olive oil tend to go to the bottom of the container naturally with the consequent oxidation.

Which one do you like more?

It is often said that “for tastes, colors”, there are many people who like unfiltered olive oil because they consider it more natural and in a certain way, this is true because it goes through fewer processes.

Other people are wary of the cloudiness of unfiltered oils and prefer filtered olive oils.

Personally, I prefer unfiltered olive oil for direct consumption in bread and sandwiches (I love the intense flavor that characterizes it), and I use filtered olive oil in cooking for frying.

I would like you to give us your opinion through the comments that you will find at the end of this article or through our social networks, Facebook or Google+.

Tell you that in our store you can find unfiltered olive oil and filtered olive oil.

I hope I have made the difference between filtered and unfiltered olive oil more or less clear to you. All the best!

By Rafael Espejo.

Bodegas La Aurora S.C.A.

Avda. de Europa, 7 Montilla Córdoba 14550

Tél: 957 650 362 

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