What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

The olive tree, Olea europaea, and its fruit, the olive, have been in use since the 8th century BC by Neolithic humans.¹ People have used it as a cooking ingredient, in soaps, as fuel for oil lamps and, possibly its more known form, as oil. Olive oil has long been a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, including ancient Greek and Roman cuisine. But, what makes olive oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

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