What is Ultra Premium Olive Oil?
Ultra Premium (UP) is a new category of olive oil that recognizes the highest quality olive oil in the world. The UP standard was created in response to the growing need to separate high quality extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) from what dominates the so-called “gourmet” and “premium” olive oil markets as well as the broader category sold in mass markets under thousands of brands and private labels.
The UP standard is reserved for the finest extra virgin olive oils in the world. As such, the UP grade exceeds all existing European, Italian, Spanish, Greek, North American, Californian, or other standards for the grade known as extra virgin olive oil. In order to qualify for the UP grade, extra virgin olive oil must meet or exceed a comprehensive set of production, storage, transportation, testing, chemistry, and organoleptic requirements.
Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) are graded by their level of acidity. Here are the types:
– Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a relatively new category of olive oil, is even less acidic (less than 0.3 %) and is considered a finishing oil. It tastes clean and fresh on the palate.
-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil will have a brilliant, vibrant coloring with a balance between fruitiness, bitterness and pungency and has less acidic (less than 0.5 %).
– Extra Virgin Olive Oil İs made from the first cold pressing of the olives, without any additional heat, refining or processing. With an acidity level of no more than 0.8 %, it’s generally not used for cooking but rather for dipping, drizzling and salad dressings.