Anyone coming from the Mediterranean region of the world would tell you about the health benefits, as well as the wonderful flavour, of a good dose of olive oil on salads, pasta, fish and almost anything else. Fortunately, it is available throughout the year to satisfy taste buds and promote good health. Olive oil is made from the crushing and then subsequent pressing of olives. The fact that olives are rich in oil is reflected in the botanical name of the olive tree - Olea europea - since the word oleum means oil in Latin. Extra virgin olive oil is derived from the first pressing of the olives and has the most delicate flavour and most antioxidant benefits. This extra-virgin olive oil is producedby a manner of cold extraction which means that the oil is not subject to a temperature of over 27øC in the processing, thus helping to preserve the flavour and nutritional value of the product.