This section offers an interesting opportunity to find out more on extra virgin olive oil and the Monini world, through a summary of the most frequent questions coming from our consumers.

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    The oil looks cloudy. Why? If cloudy, can it alter the quality of the oil?

    It may depend on whether the products are filtered or not, which is up to the discretion of the producer. The presence of a cloudy oil does not absolutely mean that the quality of the product has been altered. A few of our products such as “Monello” and our organic “Oilbios”, are bottled without being filtered. All the other products are usually filtered and polished with filter paper (a sort During the process of bottling oil is already shiny and clear. Anyhow, unfiltered oils should be consumed relatively quickly since water particles and the residues of olive paste cause to accelerate the process of oxidation (aging) of the product.

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    Is an oil which looks solid (frozen) in the bottle bad for you?

    No. The presence of solid parts (similar to grains of rice) indicate that the oil was stored at low temperature and it has frozen. This fact does absolutely not alter the quality but in fact it is a guarantee that the product was stored away from heat. Once the bottle is kept in a warm environment such as your kitchen, it will slowly return crystal clear.

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    Which is the best way to store Extra Virgin olive oil?

    As indicated on the back label, it should be kept away from light, in a cool place and properly sealed.

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    Why has the taste of your Extra Virgin olive oil recently changed?

    Oil, like wine and other non-industrial products, has characteristics, which differ from year to year; furthermore during the year it tends to become sweeter as it ages. Even drought conditions of a particular year can make oil increasingly bitter! In addition, there is certainly a difference in freshness and taste between oil bottled in October and the one bottled in November ( in November the new oil is available). The taste of new oil is more intense and more lively! The differences you find might be caused by the above factors.


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    There is a sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Why?

    In some cases non-filtered oil, due to changes in temperature in warehouse, forms sediments on the bottom of the bottle. The product does not have any problems.

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    The oil is rancid. Why?

    When oil tastes rancid, its colour usually has a red-orange hue. We invite you to verify whether the taste you describe as rancid is not on the contrary, the sensation of light bitter and spicy which is typical of high quality olive oil produced with fresh and immediately crushed olives. Any defects of this kind depend on storage methods; sometimes you only need to place the product in direct sunlight for a few days to accelerate aging. In this case, please inform your supplier and request to replace the product. The supplier will send us the bottle and we will investigate storage conditions.

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    The oil is reddish. What does it mean?

    It means that the product has deteriorated. This phenomenon is caused by the degradation of chlorophyll, originally present in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and by predominant reddish colour of Beta Carotene, which is practically the precursor of the Vitamin A. In fact, it may happen that by being exposed to intense light or heat while being stored in the warehouse oil starts to undergo the oxidation process and changes the colour.

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    The oil is bitter and spicy and catches my throat: what does it mean?

    The sensation of light bitter and spicy is typical of every quality olive oil produced with fresh olives, which have been immediately crushed. This particular characteristic of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil is caused by the presence of very powerful natural antioxidants (polyphenols) to which modern medicine attributes a fundamental role in defending human organism from oxidation and cell aging. It goes without saying that good oil should have the taste of olives as cherry marmalade should have the taste of cherries. If you happen to choose our top oil, FRUTTATO MONINI, you will notice that the above bitter and spicy sensations are even more stressed. The statement saying that oil leaving a pungent sensation in the back of the throat is acid, is only a stereotype: acidity can not be tasted and the spicy sensation in the throat is typical of fresh and young oils which contain healthy substances such as polyphenols and tocopherols (vitamin E), powerful natural antioxidants.

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    Is the Monini oil bought in promotion good?

    Often big distribution chains draw consumers’ attention on some particularly advantageous products, the so-called “traffic builders”.
    We are not going to focus on complex issues, but only underline some important points:

    1. The oil contained in MONINI products you buy in promotion is the same as the non-promotional products. Buy enough for three to four months and do not stock up too much, in particular if you buy our oil before October because in November MONINI has the new, fresher and more flavoured oil.

    2. Sometimes big chains sell this traffic builder below cost because their aim is to attract consumers to buy other products, as well.

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    Does the oil colour indicate higher or lower quality?

    The natural colour of Extra Virgin olive oil is green, darker or lighter with more or less intense yellow hues. Its variability from dark to light green, where the yellow colour is predominant, is not due to its chemical and sensorial qualities.
    In general, the colour of olive oil from the same area is quite uniform and it clearly depends on the cultivars of the olive (its variety). Although, this is not always true; in fact, if olive oil is produced with green olives, its colour will be more intense, whereas if it is produced with riper olives, it tends to be yellow. Furthermore, the oil colour also depends on the type of extraction plant (traditional or modern by centrifugation) and also on how the plant works.
    We suggest that you choose the product with the taste you prefer and not be influenced by colour! Only when the oil colour has reddish hues, it indicates that oil has deteriorated because it was not protected from light.


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