FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We are always available and happy to help in our store, but in the event you need a quick answer or can’t make it in, or are simply burning with curiosity, here are some frequent inquiries we get.

Why Newburyport Olive Oil?

When we say we’re serious about quality, we mean it.

Our oils are sourced from dozens of countries the world over, across hemispheres and latitudes, from temperate to tropical climes.  Along with oils derived from different olive varietals, we also carry many enhanced with the flavors of sundry ethnic cuisines, from our classic Tuscan Herb Blend to Harissa, Lemon, or Green Chili-infused. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff can provide you with the crush date, area of origin, and full chemical analysis of our Ultra-Premium,  Extra-Virgin olive oils, taking you on a virtual world tour of flavor.

What is Ultra-Premium Olive Oil?         

                   

Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (UPEVOO) is a mouthful.  And with good reason:  for an olive oil to be Extra Virgin, it must meet a series of chemical requirements, as well as pass a tasting panel.  That’s a lot of pressure -- and Our Ultra-Premium EVOO exceeds these standards.

UPEVOO must:                                                   

  • Be pressed within six (6) hours of harvest
  • Contain much higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E
  • Contain very low fatty acids

And as if that’s not reason enough to choose our oils, UPEVOO has been seen to:

  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Lower the risk of heart disease
  • Help prevent cancer

Our commitment to sourcing UPEVOO yields the freshest, most flavorful, and healthiest options, and ensures that every drop purchased at Newburyport Olive Oil adds the best nutritional value to your table.  For more information on what sets UPEVOO apart, please visit this helpful site or stop into our store!

How can I cook with EVOO?

The possibilities for cooking with olive oil are seemingly endless.  Use it for health-conscious marinades, sautéing, roasting, and grilling.  Get creative, and start with it as a base for salad dressing, dipping sauce, or a final drizzle over entrees and desserts.  Infused oils, such as Garlic or Basil, add some pep to classic favorite dishes, and simply switching butter with EVOO carries staggering health benefits.  Take in this chart -- you won’t believe the difference the switch can make!

For more of the nitty-gritty on the improvements EVOO can bring to your cooking and dining, please visit this page.

In addition to our recipes page and our Pinterest boards, delicious recipes that will delight and impress you and your guests can be found here

And for more fun and exciting alternative uses for EVOO, check out these great ideas  -- oh, the possibilities!

What about your Balsamics?

As you peruse our dozens of UPEVOO options, turn the corner and voilà – we also carry top-notch balsamic vinegars!  Our traditional-style balsamics are sourced from Modena, Italy, the seat of balsamic vinegar production since the Middle Ages – so you know it’s the best out there.  The grapes used to make balsamics are pressed in autumn and aged in large wooden vats, yielding a sweet, acidic, highly concentrated vinegar, which is reflective of the precise climate, soil, and rich history of Modena.  We carry traditional light and dark balsamics, as well as sweet- and savory-infused options.  Ask our staff for their top picks and tips – the culinary possibilities are almost as numerous and varied as those of olive oil!

For more information on the Solera method of balsamic fermentation, which is how our balsamics are made, please visit this page

Happy exploring!

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