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August 2000 Issue

Ode to Olive Oil: The Oil for the Ages That Can Do It All

For thousands of years, olive oil has been used in Mediterranean civilizations as food, medicine, even fuel and lubricant. Today, olive oil is widely used in Europe as an all-purpose oil, from sauces to frying to baking. In the U.S., itís used primarily as a condiment or on salads. Americans are used to colorless and flavorless oils, like polyunsaturate-rich corn and sunflower oils, so olive oil, with its fruity, nutlike flavor, greenish-gold color

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