Consumers are becoming more and more aware of the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and now there is a guide to assist consumers to find the best local oils. The 2nd annual Guide to Extra Virgin Olive Oil in South Africa was released in November 2014 and is an excellent tool for the consumer to find and buy this healthy local product.
The guide is published annually after the olive harvest and features awards received by the participating producers and fascinating information on how to taste, identify and store extra virgin olive oil. The medical benefits of using EVOO are also clarified as are some myths and assumptions regarding its use. Details on each producer include the styles of oil they produce, how much they produce, cultivars of olives planted, where they are and their contact details for sales and tastings.
The guide, published by Overberg Publications and Promotions, was compiled by Glynis van Rooyen and designed by Hanlie Allan, both from Hermanus and is available at major book stores and selected delicatessens and speciality food shops. The guide is aimed at the consumer in South Africa who is generally uninformed about the quality and benefits of locally produced oil. Imported oils are often chosen above local oils by the consumer because of ignorance and the local product is often far superior.