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Spartan Oil: Bold Oil for Fearless Cooks          

Spartan Oil offers award-winning premium extra virgin olive oil for cooks who are unwilling to compromise the quality of their ingredients.The oil is:

  • Produced from ancient trees.
  • Harvested by hand.
  • Pressed by mechanical means within 24 hours of harvest.
  • Unfiltered to preserve maximum flavor and nutrients.

The result is an authentic olive oil with a bold and intense, yet smooth and balanced, flavor.

Produced from our family's olive trees in Sparta, Greece. We grow, produce, pack, ship, and sell the oil directly to maintain control of the process and ensure the quality and integrity of the oil.

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About the "Fridge Test"

March 08, 2017

The internet is a useful thing. Streaming movies, pictures of cats, baseball scores, definitions of 4-syllable words, etc. There are some downsides, though. Folks or (bots) with little expertise can forcefully (or repeatedly) declare falsehoods to the point that they seem believable. Eventually, a reputable source picks up these falsehoods and inadvertently lends credibility. Such is the case with the "Fridge Test". Perhaps you've heard of it--to verify your olive oil as truly extra virgin, you stick it in the fridge. After some period of time, it will solidify. If it doesn't, then there's a problem. However, this has been de-bunked as an unreliable and easily faked test. Here are some research sources: http://static.oliveoiltimes.com/library/ucd-fridge-test.pdf http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-basics/uc-davis-olive-center-fridge-test/33250 Having said all this, Spartan Oil will solidify....

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Perceptions are Reality, Until the Knowledge Gap is Filled

January 26, 2017

Last year was a remarkable year in the olive oil industry--drought and disease created significant issues for producers throughout the mediterranean, but primarily in Italy. With supplies down and fraudulent oils up, many buyers of Extra Virgin Olive Oil moved away from Italian olive oils. One of the largest buyers in the world of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Costco Wholesale, announced last year that they were switching from an Italian source of EVOO to a Greek source. This was a huge development in the industry, which essentially acknowledged that Greek sources were more reliable than the Italian sources. After about a year, Costco decided to switch back. In an article from industry publication Olive Oil Times, the reasons for this switch are implied,...

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