Olive oil – the soul of the Mediterranean diet

“Chroniclers... have not hesitated to describe an idyllic Mediterranean world living on a diet of fresh, homegrown vegetables... homemade cheese and of course home-produced olive oil"

October 29, 2015 15:17
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Roasted red peppers with anchovies, tomatoes, goat cheese, olives and capers. (photo credit: PENNY DE LOS SANTOS)


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Olive oil is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, and in her book Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil, Nancy Harmon Jenkins challenges myths about both.

Jenkins is convinced that “the high-premium oil to which we are happily growing accustomed today is a relatively recent phenomenon, except for a few fortunate people who produced their own oil.”


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