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We've all heard about the benefits of olive oil and how Mediterranean cultures may be healthier because of their consumption of it. Studies indicate that olive oil may lower cholesterol levels in the blood and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. It's not often that something so healthy can also be so tasty!
Western Liguria is home to one of the finest varieties of olive, the taggiasca. The growing area for taggiasca olives stretches from the Savona province in Liguria to Monaco. Consequently, all the olives do not mature at the same time - they are subject to slightly different irrigation, exposure, and temperature variations. Whereas most olive varieties are processed and manufactured by industrial methods, lending more uniformity to the taste of the olives and the olive oil, taggiasca olive products come in a wider range of subtle flavors because of the variations in climate, irrigation and exposure. The low acid content renders a slightly piquant flavor to the oil and as the growing season progresses, the olive develops a distinctively fruity taste.
Next time you're on a game show and the topic is Taggiasca Olives, here are some handy facts that may make you a millionaire:
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