We all want to start out healthy in the New Year, right? Well we’ve got a way to do that and thoroughly enjoy it too.
It’s no secret that olive oil is a super healthy oil, rich in the monounsaturated fats that keep our hearts humming. But not as much attention is given to the polyphenols in oil--powerful antioxidants that protect our immune and nervous systems. The higher the polyhenol content, the healthier the oil.
Several factors drive the polyphenol content in olive oil: The gentler olives are harvested and the colder they’re processed—like we do at Round Pond—the better. The other factor is freshness. This particular time of year is a special window, when the olives are being harvested and milled fresh and the polyphenol content is through the roof. It’s what the Italian’s call Olio Nuovo, or “new oil.”
So, see? Drizzle some Round Pond Olio Nuovo on and you’re doing yourself some serious good!
Tip: Think of Olio Nuovo as a condiment rather than a cooking oil (cooking would destroy all of those lovely polyphenols). Italians drizzle it on everything from bread to fruit for its intense flavor, which also gives full reign to its healthy benefits.
5 Unexpected Ways to Use Fresh Olive Oil
- Make Toast Less Traditional- drizzle Olio Nuovo over toast with sliced Parma Ham, Prosciutto, or Seranno Ham.
- Kick Eggs Up A Notch- drizzle Olio Nuovo over your favorite frittata, scramble, or omelet with fresh herbs.
- Fresh Take On Lunch- poach tuna with Olio Nuovo for a salad niçoise, sub out mayo in tuna salad with fresh oil, or drizzle over pan roasted trout with swiss chard.
- Lemon Olive Oiled Grilled Chicken- whip up a kale and arugula salad with lemon juice, Olio Nuovo, chopped grilled chicken soaked in Olio Nuovo, cilantro and parsley.
- For Savory Dessert- drizzle over a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and sprinkle with a little sea salt.