Buying good olive oil is a whole lot more than looking for the words “organic” and “extra-virgin” on the label. Did you know, for example, that olive oil has a season? We discovered this and more with two olive oil experts, who want to help you buy only the very best organic olive oil for your kitchen.

1. Know what you’re looking for in a good organic olive oil.
If you haven’t tasted a great olive oil before, it can be hard to know what to look for. Take any opportunity you have to taste great olive oils to familiarize your palate with them, either by buying small quantities of oil or by going to a tasting at a gourmet supermarket.

Tasting olive oil should be like tasting wine. First, you’ll want to smell the oil.

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