Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats - those good fats that reduce cholesterol levels and help keep your heart healthy. Beyond the health benefits, olive oil can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen, including baking! Olive oil has a bright, fruity flavour and goes great on salads or over pasta and can be used in baked goods like cakes and cookies. It’s got a low smoke point (the temperature at which the oil switches from simmering to smoking) which means it works wonders for slower cooking like roasted vegetables, chicken and pot roasts.
Greece is known for their olive oil - there’s even fossilized evidence of olives dating back 60,000 years ago. Their olives create oil that is the most flavourful and still provides the benchmark for other growers around the world. Canada is not a great climate to grow olives, but some have had success on Vancouver Island.