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<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, thegiftofoil.co.uk</b>

<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, thegiftofoil.co.uk</b>

&lt;b&gt;EL MIL DEL POAIG (EV):&lt;/b&gt; Produced from 2,500-year-old millenarian Farga olive trees, native to the Maestrat in Spain, acclaimed as one of the best.&lt;b&gt; £120 500ml, harrods.com&lt;/b&gt;

<b>EL MIL DEL POAIG (EV):</b> Produced from 2,500-year-old millenarian Farga olive trees, native to the Maestrat in Spain, acclaimed as one of the best.<b> £120 500ml, harrods.com</b>

&lt;b&gt;MONTE AMIATA: &lt;/b&gt;This oil is single estate, which means the whole process takes place on the same farm. Astoundingly scented; delicious.&lt;b&gt; £12.50 500ml, fortnumandmason.com&lt;/b&gt;

<b>MONTE AMIATA: </b>This oil is single estate, which means the whole process takes place on the same farm. Astoundingly scented; delicious.<b> £12.50 500ml, fortnumandmason.com</b>

&lt;b&gt;A L'OLIVIER MILD (EV): &lt;/b&gt;A L'Olivier have been making olive oil since 1822 and this range is a scrumptious accompaniment to all Mediterranean dishes. &lt;b&gt;£20 500ml, johnlewis.com&lt;/b&gt;

<b>A L'OLIVIER MILD (EV): </b>A L'Olivier have been making olive oil since 1822 and this range is a scrumptious accompaniment to all Mediterranean dishes. <b>£20 500ml, johnlewis.com</b>

&lt;b&gt;LUIGI'S EXTRA VIRGIN:&lt;/b&gt; Made from hand-picked Frantoio and Muraiole olives, pressed the same day, this oil is big on appley flavours. &lt;b&gt;£7.95 250ml, luigismailorder.com&lt;/b&gt;

<b>LUIGI'S EXTRA VIRGIN:</b> Made from hand-picked Frantoio and Muraiole olives, pressed the same day, this oil is big on appley flavours. <b>£7.95 250ml, luigismailorder.com</b>

&lt;b&gt;OLIVES ET AL (EV): &lt;/b.This little gem was a winner at the Great Taste Awards. It's a first-rate all-round oil.&lt;b&gt; £7.50 500ml, olivesetal.co.uk&lt;/b&gt;

<b>OLIVES ET AL (EV): </b.This little gem was a winner at the Great Taste Awards. It's a first-rate all-round oil.<b> £7.50 500ml, olivesetal.co.uk</b>

&lt;b&gt;CARLUCCIO'S OLIO AL LIMONE: &lt;/b&gt;Made by crushing entire lemons with the olives, this one brings a new lease of life to food. &lt;b&gt;£8.50 250ml, carluccios.com&lt;/b&gt;

<b>CARLUCCIO'S OLIO AL LIMONE: </b>Made by crushing entire lemons with the olives, this one brings a new lease of life to food. <b>£8.50 250ml, carluccios.com</b>

&lt;b&gt;HOTEL CHOCOLAT COCOA AND CHILLI: &lt;/b&gt;This concoction is the business. Pour in a shallow dish, crush the cocoa beans and dip in some warm, crusty bread. Yum. &lt;b&gt;£12.50 250ml, hotelchocolat.co.uk&lt;/b&gt;

<b>HOTEL CHOCOLAT COCOA AND CHILLI: </b>This concoction is the business. Pour in a shallow dish, crush the cocoa beans and dip in some warm, crusty bread. Yum. <b>£12.50 250ml, hotelchocolat.co.uk</b>

&lt;b&gt;SICILIAN EXTRA VIRGIN: &lt;/b&gt;Made in South East Italy, this has top notes of vine tomato skins and the aroma of mown grass. Perfect with mozzarella. &lt;b&gt;£9.99 500ml, marksandspencer.com&lt;/b&gt;

<b>SICILIAN EXTRA VIRGIN: </b>Made in South East Italy, this has top notes of vine tomato skins and the aroma of mown grass. Perfect with mozzarella. <b>£9.99 500ml, marksandspencer.com</b>

&lt;b&gt;NUDO EXTRA VIRGIN:&lt;/b&gt; 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. &lt;b&gt;£4.49 250ml, nudo-italia.com&lt;/b&gt;

<b>NUDO EXTRA VIRGIN:</b> 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. <b>£4.49 250ml, nudo-italia.com</b>

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<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, thegiftofoil.co.uk</b>

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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