Understanding olive oil varieties and how to best use each one

Olive oil labels can be confusing, so choosing the right one can be difficult. While it’s easy to distinguish extra virgin from refined olive oil, many varieties have characteristics that overlap.

You probably already know that extra virgin olive oil is a high-quality oil, but with cheaper, ‘pure’ and ‘refined’ varieties available, why should you spend more on premium-priced EVOO? Since deciding which oil is best for your needs can be confusing, here’s a brief guide on olive oil varieties and how each type is best used.