Sunday evening, 6pm. In the supermarket. Two blokes staring up at the bewildering choice of bottles of olive oil.

“How on earth are you meant to choose one?”

“There’s only 5 million up there, I don’t know what the problem is.”

My reply got a chuckle, and I went back to staring up at them all. It’s not like choosing an onion, where you just need the right colour, and not something mushy and going brown.

After pausing to reflect, I remembered the advice once given to me: Choose the one with the most appealing label. The most appealing label on olive oil is the Viva brand, but I got that one last time, and though that bottle has served me well, I got the second most appealing instead.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “Choice”

Daniel, three words should serve you well: Cold-pressed, extra virgin. The labels are only there to tell you if the oil has been traditionally made and is of high quality. Don’t settle for anything less.

Thanks Justine, will be looking out for that in future. In the meantime, anybody want to buy an unopened bottle of olive oil? :-)

Coralie: Oops!

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