Master Class: The diversity and health benefits of olive oil

The health benefits and diverse uses of olive oil have continued to ensure that it stays on retailers' shelves locally and abroad.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to panel leader at SA Olive Tasting Panel, Reni Hildrenbrand, about the diverse oil.

Listen to the conversation below:

It must have positive attributes. It must have fruit, it must have bitterness and it must have function. It must be absolutely free of defects.

Reni Hildrenbrand, SA Olive Tasting Panel

It has a lot of healing power. We're running to doctors when we should be trying olive oil especially because it's an antioxidant.

Reni Hildrenbrand, SA Olive Tasting Panel

It's better to buy to buy a good South Africa extra-virgin olive oil which has a seal on which says that what is contained is extra-virgin olive oil.

Reni Hildenbrand, SA olive Tasting Panel

The world consumes approximately 2.25 million tons of olive oil annually.

You can cook with olive oil, you should cook with it in face and it won't change any of it's properties if it's under 108 degress.

Reni Hildenbrand, SA Olive Tasting Panel

If it has more bitterness and more pepper then it has more antioxidants and is the healthier option. It also means that it lasts longer.

Reni Hildenbrand, SA Olive Tasting Panel

You should only buy olive oil that is packaged in a adark bottle that is stored away from light.

Reni Hildenbrand, SA Olive Tasting Panel

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