This morning good old US Today had a particularly disturbing piece on “foodie” gifts. Really misinformed. They actually recommend a bottle of olive oil dated “2005”. This should never be served, let alone gifted to anyone whose culinary skills you respect. Extra virgin olive oil is a fresh food product and not a wine that improves with age! An extra virgin olive oil that old is basically dead, with none of its legendary health benefits left. It will taste buttery and not provide the full “green” body any self-respecting Tuscan looks for. And, not to mention the over inflated price…$39.99. You know where I am headed on this…buy the freshest bottle on the self that has the lowest acidity and is farmed from the oldest trees (Lucini Italia Organics is my strong recommend).
Here is the link to what not to buy: USAToday Gift Guide