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 Chili-infused. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff can provide you with the crush date, area of origin, and full chemical analysis of our Super Premium, Extra-Virgin olive oils, taking you on a virtual world tour of flavor.
What is Super Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
For an olive oil to be Extra Virgin, it must meet a series of chemical requirements, as well as pass a tasting panel.
Premium EVOO 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, EVOO has been seen to:
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Lower the risk of heart disease
- Help prevent cancer
Our commitment to sourcing EVOO 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.
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.
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 EVOO 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!