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Food is Medicine – Phenols in High Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oils – The Science

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UC Davis Olive Center Course January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defect Free Extra Virgin Olive Oils – UC Davis Olive Center Certification Course January 2018

Food is Medicine – Phenols in Extra Virgin Olive Oils – Conference January 2018 UC Davis

As science developed, we have learned that a significant amount of health attributes related to extra virgin olive oil are not only linked to its profile rich in monounsaturated fatty acids but also to its biophenol content. In the early days, total biophenol content was simply measured by measuring the reaction of this complex group of substances with a colorant (Folin-Ciocalteau). The darker the blue color developed from the reaction, the higher the level of biophenols. The actual level of biophenols was determined by a comparative scale measuring how much color was developed by known quantities of a standard phenol (either caffeic acid or garlic acid). Even when this method provided a reasonable indication, it was far from perfect as all different phenols react to the colorant in different ways. Furthermore, it did not tell us anything about the different groups of biophenols. As we know now, some of those biophenols have very specific health and sensory properties (i.e. Oleocanthal, which has important ant inflammatory action and it is responsible for the pungent feeling on the back of the throat).

Even when there are no limit for polyphenols in international standards, they are very effective antioxidants in olive oil and contribute significantly to oxidative stability, shelf life and health claims. Given the growing importance of these antioxidants, a new and more precise measuring method has been developed. This method utilizes High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) is a form of column chromatography that pumps a sample mixture or analyte (in this case EVOO) in a solvent (known as the mobile phase) at high pressure through a column with chromatographic packing material (stationary phase). The sample is carried by a moving carrier gas stream of helium or nitrogen. HPLC has the ability to separate, and identify compounds that are present in any sample that can be dissolved in a liquid in trace concentrations as low as parts per trillion. Sample retention time (the time that it takes for each biophenol to exit the column) will vary depending on the interaction between the stationary phase, the molecules being analyzed, and the solvent, or solvents used. As the sample passes through the column it interacts between the two phases at different rate, primarily due to different polarities in the analytes. Analytes that have the least amount of interaction with the stationary phase or the most amount of interaction with the mobile phase will exit the column faster. A detector at the point of exit determines when and how much of each biophenol is sensed. The total amount of biophenols in this method is determined by adding the individual quantities of each measured biophenol.

There are typically more than 20 different biophenols in extra virgin olive oil. The prevalent classes of hydrophilic phenols found in EVOO are phenolic alcohols and acids (i.e. Hydroxytyrosol and vanillic acid), flavonoids (i.e. luteonin), lignans (i.e. pinoresinol) and secoiridoids. Among these substances the last two classes include the most concentrate phenols of EVOO. Secoiridoids, like aglycone derivatives of oleuropein, demethyloleuropein and ligstroside, are present in olive fruit as most abundant EVOO phenolic antioxidants. Several important biological properties (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventive and anti-cancer) and the characteristic pungent and bitter tasty properties have been attributed to EVOO phenols.”

UC Davis Olive Center 2018 Conference

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Supper Bowl

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Supper Bowl – Chicken, Brown Rice, Microgreens and Pineapple

Slow cooker Chicken thighs with Manzanillo UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sea Salt with Mediterranean Herbs and Spices. I added 2 cups Chicken Bone Broth about an hour into the cooking process. (Note: I used the broth and the rest of the chicken for a soup with Purple carrots, fresh parsley and Napa cabbage.)

Brown Rice cooked as directed, I used organic Vegetable Broth for the liquid instead of water, adding a little more broth to make it moist. Microgreens added on top just before serving. Add fresh pineapple on the side or dice and add it to your brown rice.

Drizzle a generous amount of your favorite Olive Oil on top and serve. Deliciously Simple.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate Benefits of the Heart – EU Cardiology

 

 

Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars Famous Truffles made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic and Dark Chocolate. No added sugar.

 

Our famous Truffles are all about healthy choices! High polyphenol levels, oleic acids and flavonoids along with exceptional flavor. It is great to have validation from this European Cardiologist research study. Handcrafted special orders taken at Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars LLC.

https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/Dark-chocolate-with-olive-oil-associated-with-improved-cardiovascular-risk-profile

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Celebration for First Prize ‘Melgarejo’ Hojiblanca – Intense Green Fruitiness


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Prize Intense Green Fruitiness International Olive Oil Competition New York City 2017 – Melgarejo Hojiblanca – Spain

http://www.internationaloliveoil.org/news/view/697-year-2017-news/820-prize-winners-and-finalists-international-extra-virgin-olive-oil-competition-2017

Please note that this highly decorated Hojiblanca as well as the other Melgarejo oils can only be purchased at stores supplied by Veronica Foods as we are their exclusive North American Partner

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Creating the Charcuterie – Creating Art

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Photo by Suzanne Capizzano

 

 

 

 

 

Charcuterie is French in origin but there are no rules to create fun appetizers to pair with your favorite wine. This was a joy creating for everyone.

Artfully design and arrange your savory flavors on beautiful wooden platters; create splashes of color with bowls that hold nuts, olives or spreads and enjoy time together.

Our Charcuterie Holiday event was inspired by The Magnolia Journal. The fun of pairing the cheeses from Holland, Italy and France started with the Cranberry Orange Salsa made with our Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil, Walnut Green Bean Spread showcasing the Wild Mushroom Sage Infused Olive Oil, sweet treats; Ozou White Chocolate Baklava Bark with Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate Truffles made with Limonata Fused Olive Oil and Raspberry Aged Balsamic. My trip to the Cheese Shop in Essex CT was full of creative ideas. What fun learning from the knowledgeable team member there.

The wine needed to be balanced for the savory and sweet flavors I chose a red wine from Piedmont Italy, called Mariaia – Marachesi Barolo which complemented the palate.

For all of our guests here is what we had for the Charcuterie Holiday Event:

Cheeses from Holland – Ewephoria and Polder Goat Gouda that went well with the Black Mission Fig Balsamic drizzle, Asian Pears, Papaya and Cranberry Orange Salsa.

Italian cheese: Crucolo was divine alone or with a drizzle of Baklouti Green Chile Fused Olive Oil and Marcona Spanish Almonds.

France – Chaumes cheese was exceptional with the crusty bread and a small thin slice of red onion, alongside of the almonds and pistachios.

The Finnocchiona meat with fennel was perfect with any of the cheeses.

Serve an artisan crusty bread to add to the cheeses and meats. The nuts were Spanish Marcona Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans that I roasted with our Maple Balsamic Vinegar.

We also had organic Turkish Figs and California Apricots. The fresh fruit was Asian Pears and Papaya – fresh Persimmons are great also. Our exceptional whole queen olives were a perfect addition to the table.

The shrub drink was made with our Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Just Cranberry juice (no sugar) and sparkling water.

The recipes made by Suzanne for this event can be found on our website under RECIPES

Cranberry Orange Salsahttp://capizzanoco.com/cranberry-orange-salsa/

Walnut Green Bean Spreadhttp://capizzanoco.com/2484-2/

Ouzo White Chocolate Baklava Barkhttp://capizzanoco.com/ouzo-white-chocolate-baklava-bark/

Dark Chocolate Truffles – http://capizzanoco.com/our-famous-truffle-recipe-released/

There are so many ways to present the Charcuterie creating your own masterpiece.  At Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars our “Charcuterie Designer” will help you create your own unique Charcuterie Board that your guests will remember. Decorate with vibrant colors on the table using bowls to make a statement. With planning and preparation beforehand  you’ll spend more time with family and friends instead of being in the kitchen.

Thank you for enjoying this wonderful event together.

Suzanne Capizzano

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