There are wine connoisseurs, coffee connoisseurs, and believe it or not there are olive oil connoisseurs , too. I love olive oil for both its buttery, peppery flavor and also for its many established health benefits. I just seem to feel and look better when I regularly consume olive oil my diet, from my mood to my skin and hair. I consider myself somewhat of an olive oil connoisseur.
If you too are an olive oil connoisseur or would like to be, Lucini olive oil should be one of the brands that you sample. It is a higher-end artisan olive oil produced and the olives used are 100% handpicked in Tuscany, Italy. All the olive trees are located between 300 and 500 meters above sea level, which is ideal for growing olives.
Lucini olive oil has an ultra low acidity level between .02 and .04, less than half the typical extra virgin olive oil, which only needs to be less than .08 to meet the requirements of” extra virgin.” The low acidity level means that the taste is smooth and less bitter than typical oils.
Of course, the bottom line with any food product is how it tastes, and that is where Lucini shines. If you are familiar with the flavors of Italian olive oil, Lucini resembles the kind of oils that come from southern Italy which have a fresh green taste at the start and finish with a peppery bite.
It costs about 2 to 3 times as much as a standard olive oil, as should be expected, but it is worth the money if you are one of those people who really enjoys their olive oil and can appreciate the complexity and depth of a good quality oil.
Lucini is best used for dipping or drizzling rather than cooking, which you can get away with using a cheaper brand of oil. It is perfect for dipping bread crusts or drizzling over fresh vegetables or pasta. If you have an oil sprayer, this would be a great opportunity to put it to use.
You will most likely not find it stocked on the shelves of your corner grocery store, but instead will have to go to a higher-end retailers such as whole foods who usually stock it for about $20-$25 for 25 ounce bottle.