Diva Ranting:Real vs. Fake Olive Oil…

This is a little long but if you are picky as the Crones about your cooking ingredients this is a decent article to read and think about. Namaste, The Queen Cronista…
Which are the Best Olive Oils to Buy? Real Olive Oils vs Fake Exposed
How do we get the best olive oils when there is an ‘Olive Oil Fraud’ happening?  Many of us want to use an authentic ‘extra virgin olive oil’ to get all the wonderful health benefits and taste but are you using real or fake oil?
When you go to the trouble of seeking it out the authentic oil and spending the extra money, there is a high chance that it is not extra virgin at all!
It is one of the many that are part of the ‘Olive Oil Fraud’.
A high percentage of the oils are not at all what they say on the label. Just because they say it is ‘Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ (EVOO) or even ‘Certified’ does not mean that it actually is. They are not created equal.
What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
  • First, the oil must come from fresh olives that were milled within 24 hours of their harvest.
  • Next, it must be extracted by mechanical means, not from heat or chemicals.
  • They must not be treated chemically in any way.
  • Extra virgin oil is, in fact, fresh olive juice.
  • Being a fruit, olives contain natural antioxidants that protect the plant during its lifetime. When the olive tree is very old it contains more of these antioxidants. This is one of the reasons that olive trees are often hundreds of years old and create antioxidant-rich products.
As you read above, they are not all the same, so it is important to purchase the right type of olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil EVOO (cold-pressed) is what we want. 
6 Tips for Recognizing Real EVOO
How do we know if our olive oil is the real thing and not fraudulent?
  1. Do not buy light olive oil or a blend; it isn’t virgin quality.
  2. When extra virgin olive oil costs less than $10 a litre it may not be authentic oil.
  3. Real oils are sold in dark bottles, as this protects the oil from oxidation. Look for that.
  4. Look for a seal from the International Olive Oil Council (IOC)
  5. Look for a harvesting date on the label.
  6. It can get old and rancid. A simple test for a good oil is to taste a little on a spoon. Not rancid, real olive oil will have a fruity taste in the front of your mouth and a peppery taste in the back of your mouth.
60 Minutes’ Looks at Olive Oil Adulteration in Italy. Watch this video to learn more.
In America, more than $700 million a year is spent on olive oil, but unfortunately, it is much of it is not authentic because of fraud. Most of these oils on the market are cut with cheap vegetable oils.
The results from the Consumer Report’s found that only 9 of the 23 olive oils from Italy, Spain, and California tested, and passed as being extra virgin olive oil even though all of them claimed so on the label. AND: “More than half tasted fermented or stale.”
International standards for extra virgin olive oil are mostly unenforced.  Although the term ‘extra virgin’ is generally understood to denote the highest quality of olive oil, industry representatives report that the current standards are easily met by producers and allow olive oil marketed as ‘extra virgin’ to represent a wide range of qualities. This lack of enforcement has resulted in a long history of fraudulent practices (adulteration and mislabelling) in the olive oil sector.”– United States International Trade Commission
A study at the UC Davis Olive Center found that 69% of the imported EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) sold in California supermarkets did not qualify as extra virgin. Tests indicate that imported EVOO often fails international and USDA standards.
A bottle labeled EVOO may not be real and instead be a seed oil that is made to smell and look the same by adding a few drops of chlorophyll and beta-carotene making it part of the fraud.
Oils that failed to meet EVOO standards:
  • Carapelli
  • Colavita
  • Star
  • Filippo Berio
  • Mazzola
  • Mezzetta
  • Newman’s Own
  • Safeway
  • Whole Foods
Best Olive Oils
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The brands we want will be those that have passed the extra-virgin standards. The list below is from the research above.
Bariani Olive Oil is Stone Crushed, Cold-Pressed, Decanted, and Unfiltered. They are committed to producing real oil which is raw. Weston Price recommends this brand.
Kirkland Organic –  Amazon says: “Certified organic by the USDA. Made from the first cold pressing.” Comments on Amazon: of the 478 people who gave stars, 73% gave 5 stars. I have to say it is very delicious, tasting like real olives; I’m just finishing up the bottle I bought.
Corto EVOO  – “We call it TRULY 100% extra-virgin olive oil because this full-bodied olive oil is the real deal. 70% of extra virgin olive oils on the market have gone rancid, which is why we’ve gone to extra lengths to protect ours. What makes us different is that we don’t wait until winter when the olives are over-ripe, like other brands do. Instead, we harvest in the Fall, when the olives are at the peak of freshness: green, with just a hint of violet.”
Cobram Estate  – Australia’s most awarded brand
California Olive Ranch – Award-winning brand. It is in a tinted glass bottle that protects oil and is 100% grown and made in California.
McEvoy Ranch Organic – Estate-grown and produced from select Italian olive varieties, this certified organic extra-virgin oil features a grass-green color with the aroma of newly cut grass and a hint of green apple. A dark green bottle protects this delicious oil from heat and light and includes a built-in spout for easy, mess-free pouring.
Ottavio – EVOO From Italy. It is produced from olives that offer a vibrant bouquet and an extremely high-quality fresh Oil flavour, with pleasing notes of spiciness but is packaged in a plastic bottle.
Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil – authentic 100% Californian oil. Currently unavailable
Trader Joe’s California has been discontinued.
Omaggio – Currently unavailable.
Whole Foods California 365 – 100% Californian, Unfiltered, Cold Processed, Certified Extra Virgin – Currently unavailable.
Olea Estates – Grown on a single-family farm in Greece and tastes great. Cannot find a way to buy it on line.
5 Good Brands I Found in February 2020
Anatomico Organic Coratina EVOO It is made in Puglia Italy. This oil is organic and extra virgin, offering enhanced taste and greater benefits. Cold extracted, unfiltered, and obtained directly from Italian olives, this olive oil features the fruity, juicy taste of green olives with subtle hints of fresh-cut grass and bitter almonds.
Tuscan Gold Eleganza is an Italian cultivar blend. Gold medal winner at the 2019 New York International EVOO Competition and Los Angeles International  Competition. One of the world’s most authentic olive oils!  “Our olives are hand-harvested, first cold press, and unfiltered. We produce quality EVOO with high to very very high total polyphenols.”
Knolive Epicure was Ranked Nº1 Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the world 2018 by EVOO World Ranking. 100% PURE AND NATURAL
Selección Familiar is an annual limited edition extra virgin olive oil from a selection of our best centuries-old Picual olive trees. Gold medal winner at the 2019 at International Olive Oil Competition.
Oro Bailen Family Reserve is an Award Winning Cold Pressed EVOO, 2013-2014 Harvest. It is prepared using olives produced in the olive groves belonging to the Gálvez-González family, located in the foothills of Sierra Morena, the northern mountain range in the province of Jaén.
Two Good Brands I Found in April 2019
TERRA Delyssa – Certified Organic EVOO, 100% Tunisian Certified Organic – Meets and exceeds USDA and International “IOC” standards. Brought to you by the same farmers and millers that controlled the quality of Terra Delyssa from tree to bottle.
Venta del Baron Award Winning Cold Pressed EVOO – For four years running, Venta Del Baron took 1st place in the ranking at the World’s Best EVOO competition winner 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016!
Another very good One:
Bertolli Organic EVOO  – It is made from organic olives and produced using organic farming standards. This oil was on our list of not being approved but we have now learned that was incorrect. Here is a statement from the company: “Our olive oil exceeds the rigorous and exacting standards of the International Olive Council (IOC) and European Union (EU). As proof, in 2017 alone, we achieved global recognition for the quality of our products, winning 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze awards at multiple prestigious international competitions.”
Consumer Reports (September 2012 issue), published results of a taste test of 138 bottles of extra virgin olive oil from 23 manufacturers. The oil was sourced from the US, Argentina, Greece, Chile, and Italy. They found that olive oil produced in California exceeded those from Italy.
More Authentic Ones
Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold-pressed oil, unfiltered oil grown and packaged in Partanna, Sicily. The Asaro family has been producing it since 1916. This EVOO has been the winner of Gold Medals at the L.A. County Fair.
Ellora EVOO is very good. It is 100% Pure Cretan, the origin and authenticity is certified by the EU standards. While meeting the stringent requirements it maintains a focus on environmental consciousness and tradition. When you are ordering it online it comes in many sizes which can make shipping more economical.
Another discovered that is certified:
Kasandrinos Organic EVOO Greek – 100% certified organic, non-GMO from Kasandrinos century-old family orchard. Mechanical cold-pressing within 48 hours locks in the delicious flavor of the olives at the peak of ripeness.
NOTE: How about the olive oil fridge test as stated by Dr. Oz?
Dr. Oz said that when you put an authentic EVOO in the refrigerator, it will become thick and cloudy as it cools completely.
The ‘Fridge Test’ should not be considered accurate. Some oils made from high-wax olive varieties will even solidify according to a Fridge Test.
This post is updated on a regular basis and reflects the current information available. Due to a disease that many olive trees have been getting, olive trees are dying. If you want olive oil then you need to buy some before there is none. This is very sad. On February 8, 2020, I added 5 more EVOOs. In April and October 2019 I added 2 on each month that are still available now. – Diana
SOURCE: https://www.realfoodforlife.com/which-olive-oil-to-buy-the-olive-oil-fraud/

Diva Ranting: Manipulators….

The Crones have come up against a few of these in recent days.  There is a lot of research in this area.  Here are some signs for you to look out for if you feel you are under siege by one of these.
5 Signs Someone Is Manipulating You
It can be hard to tell if and when you’re being manipulated.
People can be skillful at the craft of covering up their true intentions. Here’s what you should be looking out for.
1. Knowing they’ve manipulated others.
Want to know the easiest way to peg a manipulator? Know that they’ve tried being the puppet master for others in the past.
Someone with a history of manipulation is likely to do it again, and maybe even to you.
2. They’re the fast moving fast talking types.
They do things as fast as they can, particularly building relationships with people. It enables them to be able to use people more efficiently and move on when you’re no longer of use.
3. They get impatient fast.
Manipulators get irritated if you’re not moving at their pace or helping them get to their personal goals.
They often have a need for change and excitement too. You’ll find them moving away from you if you’re not able to provide them with what they need. and fast.
4. They make you into the bad guy.
Somehow no matter what you do or say, you’re the bad guy. You’re not good enough. You’re the one who’s doing the using. Sound familiar?
They want to seem like the victim to be able to manipulate others into doing their bidding, so they paint you and everyone else as the bad guy whenever possible.
5. They play to your feelings.
Manipulators do what they can to get to know you and know you well. This is their most potent tool in manipulation.
When they can appeal to you emotionally and even spiritually, they can start doing things that benefit them and keep them in control.

Diva Rambling:Perspectives….

This recent illness has been like a near death experience. It has caused me to look closer at the plight of the aging in our global universe.
I discovered that in my/your/our communities there are those each day who struggle to get out of bed and just breathe. Their needs are numerous. In the US we have alleged agencies to help but I’ve lived here 8 years and never knew of these services. So where is the money going if no one knows about the need and existence of such places? See if you can find these places, how are your tax dollars paying for the information to get out there? Is the money being directed to other than high paying executive jobs and not services? Get information placed at your public libraries, and all government agencies using tax dollars to exist. You may not have a lot of time but making your lawmakers and government agencies do their jobs is easy and our duty.
In my county here is what I found.
Senior Center Info
Cumberland Valley Area Development District
Senior Centers provides a broad range of group/individual activities and services to respond to the needs, interests of older adults and their families in its community.  Senior Centers serve as a “focal point” for all the programs available to older adults within a county.
Services Include:
Congregate Meals – A nutritious noonday hot meal that meets a minimum of one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).
Home Delivered Meals – A meal delivered to a client’s home one hot or other appropriate meal that meets one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA).
Homemaker – Help for essential shopping, laundry, errands, and meal preparation.
Information and Assistance – Providing current information to a client or individual about available resources and linking them to appropriate community based services to meet their needs.
Outreach /Client Finding – To identify clients in needs of Senior Center services and encourage the use of existing services and benefits.
Transportation – Provide transportation from a person’s home to the doctor, drug store, Senior Center, shopping, etc.
Escort – Provide transportation accompanying and personally assisting a client to obtain a service.
Informational Sessions – Other agencies are invited to make presentations of interest to older adults i.e., Legal Assistance, Health Promotion, Nutrition Education, Ombudsman, and Benefits Counseling.
Social Events – Activities to encourage socialization, Bingo, Table Games, Recreation, Arts, Crafts, Pot Luck Dinners, etc.
Senior Center Locations in Cumberland Valley Area Development District:

Diva Ranting: Customer Service…

Customer service means going above and beyond to keep the customer happy, whether that means answering any questions they have or resolving issues with a positive attitude. Customer satisfaction is the top priority, and hopefully creating loyal, returning customers.”

Pondering this as I sit on my day off with the flu and pneumonia waiting for the giant corporation to call me back. They promised 45 minutes and I’m now sitting waiting for 1.5 hours. Each call to this mega corporation the service drops exponentially.

I have no patience for this sort of thing. We pay extra for the “ priority service” which states at the top of the service page ….”not available at this time the whole time I’ve had it. In the legal world I use to work in this mass ignoring of paying customers and on a national level is tantamount to racketeering and should be reported to the attorney general to investigate the waste of employers time and expenses on the national volume of employee time usurped each day by endless hold, customer service reps who speak patronizingly to you from their check list of emotions chart and who still take home a pay check after dong zero to assist ones employees. Problem not solved, survey asking how likely you are to recommend their company totally ignored. How many billions of dollars do corporations spend monthly having employees on eternal hold with no results? I vote the attorney general hit these corporations with the full force of the law. We may not get improvements, but the investigation will cost these don’t give a rip companies, something to think about while paying their lawyers to shred documents and hide facts. What say all of you?

Diva Ranting: That little thing….

You know that little thing inside your head that keeps you from saying things you shouldn’t? Yeah, I don’t have one of those. “ T-Shirt Philosophy
I think you know by now if you’ve been around the Crones for any length of time we tend to tell it and not need to sell it. Getting older and wiser is very freeing. I never want to say anything to anyone that intentionally insult or hurts them. However, bullies, biatches, parvenus, just all around mean spirited people….you do not want to take us on. We will knit your britches to your ass and still have time to cook dinner. Standing ground is not so fearful once you’ve practiced it a bit. The “better thans” noted above are not use to bravery. Once you stand ground they are not as interested in taking you down. They’ll move on to some other innocent they can mow down with impunity. Let them know you are not one of them. Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing: Insults….

“In order to insult me I must first value your opinion…Nice Try Though…” T-Shirt Philosophy 
Ever have one of those days? I once had a popular mean girl in high school come in and confront me that I said something negative about her. I suspect someone used my name because they knew I wouldn’t give a hoot what she thought. I looked at her and said…”Interesting that you think I would waste my precious free time giving you a second thought! Not going to happen; leave. The entire class stood up and gave me a standing ovation. Everyone was tired of her stuff just too afraid to stand ground. She turned and huffed away. The teacher even gave me extra credit on my exam.
Bullies and manipulators will always be around. Just know you can stand your ground and fight the fight without necessarily landing a physical blow. Be Brave. Namaste, The Queen Cronista…

Diva Ranting: I had to laugh….

I had to laugh…
Recently I was told a story about one of my former clients. He was young just out of secondary school and trying his first part time job while going to college. He came from a interesting background without much training in social niceties. While mowing a large grave yard an angry woman came up and told him to fill her mothers grave at once.
He kindly replied…”That is not my job I just mow”. However, I will advise someone at once of your concern.” The woman still on the attack said …”Get your A@$$ over there and do it now.”
Again he repeated…”I am only mowing. I will be sure and tell someone for you”. She wasn’t hearing it. In true bully form she once again demanded…Get your lazy a%$$ over there and fill that grave.  This went on for sometime and she wouldn’t stop.  As most people might do when saturated in a no win situation the teen replied…”F{(# you, and your dead mother too. “
He got fired, of course, but I have to give him props for not backing down to a bully. Now we just have to teach him about win, win, negotiations. LOL!!
Don’t sit there feigning indignation. You know you loved it too. We all need to learn to control our rage. However, I usually accept a little more when standing up to a bully. Even in grief we don’t have the right to bully the innocent. The Diva has spoken.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista