Reasons to be cheerful – and buy ALDI's olive oil
Most importantly this oil tastes good. Fresh and with interesting ‘green’ and peppery qualities to give it character. The bottles come in three varieties labelled Robust, Fruity and Delicate. The bulk container is Frantoio labelled ‘Fresh and Fruity’ and the tin I’m using now, won a Bronze award at the 2009 Olive Oil Association Show.
It’s Australian oil from Australian grown olives. (Aldi also sell an imported oil so make sure you read the label.)
It’s exceptional value, the 500ml bottles are $5.50, the 3 litre tin was $20. (Which of course makes me concerned that the producer gets a fair price for their work) however it is a blended oil with no regional appellation and that’s cheaper to produce in bulk.
And Aldi is the only supermarket to have signed the Australian Olive Oil Association’s industry Code of Practice. That puts requirements on the producer to ensure freshness (the useby date that is no more than two years from bottling) and that if it says it’s Extra Virgin oil, it really is.
(Oh, and they’ve just won the award for Product of the Year in the Cooking Ingredient category in the 2011 Product of the Year Survey of Innovation but we won’t mention that – *see below)
Ok, we spend a goodly amount of time bemoaning the stranglehold and bad practices of Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets and what their market domination means to the small producers we talk to who are supplying them. So this Aldi olive oil story is an alternative and a real reason to be cheerful.
Great value, good flavour, responsible industry practice and committment to lowering the oil’s carbon footprint. All good reasons to buy it.