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The ten best olive oils

Chosen by Kate Hilpern

Published 24/06/2011

<b>ALENTEJAN (EV): </b>The secret to this smooth, buttery, creamy oil from southern Portugal is that there's just hours between hand-picking and pressing.<b> £8.85 250ml,</b>
ALENTEJAN (EV): The secret to this smooth, buttery, creamy oil from southern Portugal is that there's just hours between hand-picking and pressing. £8.85 250ml,
EL MIL DEL POAIG (EV): Produced from 2,500-year-old millenarian Farga olive trees, native to the Maestrat in Spain, acclaimed as one of the best. £120 500ml,
MONTE AMIATA: This oil is single estate, which means the whole process takes place on the same farm. Astoundingly scented; delicious. £12.50 500ml,
A L'OLIVIER MILD (EV): A L'Olivier have been making olive oil since 1822 and this range is a scrumptious accompaniment to all Mediterranean dishes. £20 500ml,
LUIGI'S EXTRA VIRGIN: Made from hand-picked Frantoio and Muraiole olives, pressed the same day, this oil is big on appley flavours. £7.95 250ml,
OLIVES ET AL (EV): £7.50 500ml,
CARLUCCIO'S OLIO AL LIMONE: Made by crushing entire lemons with the olives, this one brings a new lease of life to food. £8.50 250ml,
HOTEL CHOCOLAT COCOA AND CHILLI: This concoction is the business. Pour in a shallow dish, crush the cocoa beans and dip in some warm, crusty bread. Yum. £12.50 250ml,
SICILIAN EXTRA VIRGIN: Made in South East Italy, this has top notes of vine tomato skins and the aroma of mown grass. Perfect with mozzarella. £9.99 500ml,
NUDO EXTRA VIRGIN: This husband-and-wife team produces scrumptious olive oils from their groves in Le Marche, Italy. And if you 'adopt a tree', for £65, you get all the produce from it for a whole year. £4.49 250ml,

Some are neutral, ideal for cooking with, others are fresh and grassy - just right for salads and dipping crusty bread into. Choose the right oil from these delicious bottles...

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Source: Independent

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