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Ranziges Olivenöl: Warentest straft vier Produkte ab

Because of the superior quality
Rancid Olive Oil Ruins Appetite in Product Test – Four Products Fail

Olive oil being poured into a bowl

Really good olive oil should not be rancid.

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Stiftung Warentest has taken the best olive oils on the market and tested them to see if they are as good as they claim. Four products give a disappointing result.

A gaping void on the shelves. As sunflower oil was temporarily difficult to obtain due to the war in Ukraine, demand for other edible oils grew rapidly. Olive oil was also in demand. Has the glut of oils caused lower quality oils to also find their way onto the market? Stiftung Warentest has researched this issue and tested extra virgin olive oil. Two-thirds of the 19 olive oils are good, but four are so bad they fail the test.

Ironically, four organic oils spoil the taste of product testers. They tasted rancid. Not only should it not be so, it should not be so. Sensory errors are not allowed when using extra virgin olive oil. Oils in short supply include Corovita and Müller oils. In addition to the unpleasant taste, the testers were also irritated by the heavy contamination with mineral oil components. All four oils do not meet the standards of top oils in the test and wheeze through and through.

Olive oil from discounter “good”

Among other things, the organic competition “Bertolli Bio” does it better, score 2.1. Oil is one of the most environmentally friendly. Whoever buys it promotes organic olive cultivation. A bottle is available for 10.90 euros. Discounters offer significantly cheaper oils. And they don’t need to hide either. Cheap Aldi oil “Gut Bio Virgin Olive Oil Extra” is also “good” and not expensive. A liter costs 5.75 euros.

On the other hand, testers are enthusiastic about one oil: Crudo Sei Cinque Zero from southern Italy. It has been called a culinary gem and is the only oil with a very well balanced smell and taste, including green apples. But it’s worth it too. 36 euros per liter, it is only available online.

You can read the entire olive oil test for a fee

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