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How to Buy Olive Oil in India

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The smart aleck in me is dying to write: Go to the store. Ask the lady for olive oil. Pay for it. Oh.. guess I did write it. Anyway, the reason it’s important to know how to buy olive oil in India is because there are a lot of scamsters who are trying to make some easy money off the whole “olive oil is healthy” and “switch to olive oil for healthy living” messages. And after hearing the (rather horrific) story of a girl cooking with extra virgin olive oil, I felt that it couldn’t hurt to get the information out there in one place. That’s the back story of deciding to write this how to buy olive oil in India post. Now on to it…

How to Buy Olive Oil in India: Recommended Types of Olive Oil and Where to use Them

  1. Extra-virgin olive oil: Strong natural flavours that go perfectly with uncooked foods like salads, salmon or as a dip for bread. They have not been treated or processed with chemicals at all and come in grades ranging from premium extra virgin olive oil to virgin olive oil based on their flavour and acidity levels.
  2. Olive Oil or Pure olive oil: A blend of virgin oil and refined oils. The refining process neutralises the strong aroma making it unsuitable as a seasoning on uncooked food. We recommend this oil for cooking Indian food because the flavour of the oil does not affect the flavours of the Indian masalas.


How to Buy Olive Oil in India: NOT Recommended Types of Olive Oil

  1. Olive pomace oil: Simply put, it’s what they make using what’s left after all the good stuff is pressed out of the olive. It is actually not “olive oil” at all. It has a neutral flavour and even though it is “fit for human consumption,” most recommend using it to make soap. Oddly enough, the President of the Indian Olive Oil Association recommends this oil for Indian cooking – we vehemently disagree.
  2. Refined olive oil: Is the olive oil obtained through refining processes that neutralise the strong flavours.


How to Buy Olive Oil in India: Importers and Brands

Since it isn’t possible to produce olive oil in India, any Indian manufacturer is a fake. All olive oil sold in the Indian market should be in this list.

  1. R R Oomerbhoy: Bertolli
  2. Olive Tree: Olitalia
  3. Suresh Kumar: Olicoop
  4. Manisha International: Colavita
  5. Dalmia Continental: Leonardo
  6. Sri Roda: Figaro
  7. Dhanya: Filippo Berio
  8. Borges India

We definitely recommend incorporating olive oil in your diet because of its health benefits and now with our guide on how to buy olive oil in India, there’s no excuse for you not to start.

About Prashant Rajkhowa

The first health story that Prashant produced was a TV feature called "How To Deal with Bleeding Gums." That was in 2003 and it took him some time to recover from the rather traumatic visuals. He returned to health and fitness reporting in 2009 and hasn't looked back since. Prashant started CrossFitting in March 2013, follows the Zone Diet, enjoys cooking and always seems to be planning his next dive but never getting around to get it done...
  • Anonymous

    one thing thats not convincing my mind is the date of production.for the last 3-4 yrs I’ve been checking the bottle.you know what. the distributor adds a small sticker on the side of the main label.initially the small sticker showed date of import(which is not date of manufacture).Now I’m seeeing the date of manufacture instead of date of import on the same small sticker.If its a genuine company and the oil is imported soon after manufacture the date of manufacture should be given by the company on the main label.So i’m worried if the oilthats’ s been imported has already ran out of shelf life.

  • p_1

    one thing thats not convincing my mind is the date of production.for the last 3-4 yrs I’ve been checking the bottle.you know what. the distributor adds a small sticker on the side of the main label.initially the small sticker showed date of import(which is not date of manufacture).Now I’m seeeing the date of manufacture instead of date of import on the same small sticker.If its a genuine company and the oil is imported soon after manufacture the date of manufacture should be given by the company on the main label.So i’m worried if the oilthats’ s been imported has already ran out of shelf life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jashmin-Lal/653363670 Jashmin Lal

    yes i agree with you on this. i have bought leornado olive pomace oil and it does not have manufacturing, import and expiry date. this is strange and a matter of concern while i m using it now.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jashmin-Lal/653363670 Jashmin Lal

    yes i agree with you on this. i have bought leornado olive pomace oil and it does not have manufacturing, import and expiry date. this is strange and a matter of concern while i m using it now.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/mustafamastermind Mustafa Zaidi

    i dnt agree with the fact that you are labelling olive pomace oil as no olive oil at all ,infact if read about it in detail , you will know that olive pomace oil is a subtle mixture of virgin olive oil and olive oil extracted from pomace post easy extraction but with some petroleum treatment,hence it is refined again so that it can be fit for consumption purposes,it is a viable solution for those who can’t buy high price olive oil but still can relish the benefit of it. so ,stop cursing olive pomace oil. 

    • Anonymous

      Maybe that is the reason, Olive Pomace Oil is sent to third world countries and not consumed by the West.

    • Shashank Deshmukh

      You want to say health for poor. For that we experts can blend with any edible oil rather than 
      petroleum treatment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mustafamastermind Mustafa Zaidi

    i dnt agree with the fact that you are labelling olive pomace oil as no olive oil at all ,infact if read about it in detail , you will know that olive pomace oil is a subtle mixture of virgin olive oil and olive oil extracted from pomace post easy extraction but with some petroleum treatment,hence it is refined again so that it can be fit for consumption purposes,it is a viable solution for those who can’t buy high price olive oil but still can relish the benefit of it. so ,stop cursing olive pomace oil. 

    • sanjeev123

      Maybe that is the reason, Olive Pomace Oil is sent to third world countries and not consumed by the West.

    • Shashank Deshmukh

      You want to say health for poor. For that we experts can blend with any edible oil rather than 
      petroleum treatment.

  • Anonymous

    You will never find Olive-Pomace Oil on any grocery shelf in Europe. Fact is that it is inferior and if not processed properly it can have carcinogens called Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons ( PAHs ). 
    It is only in India that the olive oil market is being created on the basis of Olive-Pomace Oil.

  • Shafeeq123

    You will never find Olive-Pomace Oil on any grocery shelf in Europe. Fact is that it is inferior and if not processed properly it can have carcinogens called Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons ( PAHs ). 
    It is only in India that the olive oil market is being created on the basis of Olive-Pomace Oil.

  • anantha krishnan

    you have recommended oure olive oil for indian cooking  in the first para but you have also rejected buying this refined olive oil.,since pure olive oil labelled is slightly refined .Kindly elucidate for clarification 

    • http://www.healthylivingindia.org/ Prashant Rajkhowa

      Avoid ones that say “Refined.” The blend of pure and refined i.e. the labels “Olive Oil” and “Pure Olive Oil” is what you should look for.

  • anantha krishnan

    you have recommended oure olive oil for indian cooking  in the first para but you have also rejected buying this refined olive oil.,since pure olive oil labelled is slightly refined .Kindly elucidate for clarification 

    • http://www.healthylivingindia.org/ Prashant Rajkhowa

      Avoid ones that say “Refined.” The blend of pure and refined i.e. the labels “Olive Oil” and “Pure Olive Oil” is what you should look for.

  • Anonymous

    I think there is lot of confusion on olive oil. First, completely agree that Pomace is not recommended – people who support this oil are either those who are profiteering by importing at throwaway prices or those who know nothing. Second, Pure is mostly refined and refined is the only one that is suited to Indian cooking because of its neutral flavour and high smoke point. Blending Virgin with Refined to make pure makes no sense.

  • sanjeev123

    I think there is lot of confusion on olive oil. First, completely agree that Pomace is not recommended – people who support this oil are either those who are profiteering by importing at throwaway prices or those who know nothing. Second, Pure is mostly refined and refined is the only one that is suited to Indian cooking because of its neutral flavour and high smoke point. Blending Virgin with Refined to make pure makes no sense.

  • Sourabh Sashwat

    which olive oil is best suited for consumption as uncooked food… like if i want to have a tablespoon of it in the morning ??

    • http://www.healthylivingindia.org/ Prashant Rajkhowa

      Extra virgin olive oil…

  • Sourabh Sashwat

    which olive oil is best suited for consumption as uncooked food… like if i want to have a tablespoon of it in the morning ??

    • http://www.healthylivingindia.org/ Prashant Rajkhowa

      Extra virgin olive oil…

  • Anonymous

    i’m so confused whether to use olive oil or not and if i do which one do i use for indian cooking . can i use pure olive oil? can we not use extra virgin olive oil even for stir fries ?
     

  • shubha70

    i’m so confused whether to use olive oil or not and if i do which one do i use for indian cooking . can i use pure olive oil? can we not use extra virgin olive oil even for stir fries ?
     

  • zain khan

    The concerns are worthy, and Olive pomace oil is being heavily promoted as a means of Indian cooking method, though if we Indians are using Olive oil is so that we can have a healthy oil to cook in, Pomace does not help our case fully, we dont take medditterianian low cooked food, instead deep fried, though our import is increasing at 8K tons a year now! Olive market is expanding, also the recent ROCL experiment at India is a success now, I am too interning with them and awaiting the Indian Olive oil to come in the market for Nov this year! So its not possible to produce Olives at India and I have seen them, during the last flowering season.

    Best,
    Zain Khan
    9990256755
    zainkhan91@gmail.com

  • zain khan

    The concerns are worthy, and Olive pomace oil is being heavily promoted as a means of Indian cooking method, though if we Indians are using Olive oil is so that we can have a healthy oil to cook in, Pomace does not help our case fully, we dont take medditterianian low cooked food, instead deep fried, though our import is increasing at 8K tons a year now! Olive market is expanding, also the recent ROCL experiment at India is a success now, I am too interning with them and awaiting the Indian Olive oil to come in the market for Nov this year! So its not possible to produce Olives at India and I have seen them, during the last flowering season.

    Best,
    Zain Khan
    9990256755
    zainkhan91@gmail.com

  • renujain

    can we cook and fry in figaro/bertolli/borges olive oil?

  • renujain

    can we cook and fry in figaro/bertolli/borges olive oil?

  • akshay kanwar

    I bought olive oil from healthkart.com its price is 330 Rs per liter benefit olive oil. Can anybody teell me  is it real ???????? I mean it is very cheap. If it is not real I think we can file the case against them.

  • akshay kanwar

    I bought olive oil from healthkart.com its price is 330 Rs per liter benefit olive oil. Can anybody teell me  is it real ???????? I mean it is very cheap. If it is not real I think we can file the case against them.

  • Anurag Sharma

    Hi,

    We imported original extra virgin olive oil and tried to sell it in Indian market. The oil is priced at about 600/lt. But guess what, there are no takers. Retailers are not willing to keep it in their stores.

    You must be thinking about the reasons behind that. So here is the list:

    1. Indian customers look for cheap oils hence pomace.

    2. Negative marketing by present Indian brands which says pomace oil is the cooking oil and extra virgin is good for salad dressing only.

    3. Do you know market price of extra virgin olive oil in Spain/Italy: its around 3.5 euro/ lt. So basically can you accept an oil priced at around 450/lt not to be adulterated.

    4. And the margins………..retailers enjoy margin of about 60% on pomace and 50% on Extra virgin. So image the actual price of 950/ lt extra virgin.

    We tried to came with extra virgin olive oil MRP: 600 and margin: 20%………..but had no takers………Thats the pity on Indian market……………They do not value quality at all

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