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Red Bean Hummus with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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This red bean hummus recipe using authentic European Extra Virgin Olive Oil, is so easy and delicious that it will surely become a family staple in your household. Now, we live in Florida so I cannot attest to true “cold weather”. However, we have been getting what feels like cold to us lately, and this red bean hummus accompanied by warm pita really hits the spot on a cold day.

The secret ingredient? Olitalia Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

I’ll admit, I had been cooking for a long time when I finally learned about Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I was used to drizzling it in my pans because a recipe told me to, but I didn’t really know exactly what it was. Once I started reading about it, I was amazed! Before we jump into the red bean hummus recipe, I’ll share what I have learned with you!

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About European Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Red Bean Hummus with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Olive oil comes from the adrupe fruit of the European olive plant.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil has an acid level lower than 0.8%. This means it’s basically free of acidity.
  • The Extra Virgin designation requires texting for peroxide values. The lower the value, the fresher the oil.
  • The testing is performed by expert tasters who must give the oil their approval that it meets the high standards of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil designation.
  • Olive oil has a high smoke point, allowing it to handle any type of cooking from a light sauté, baking, to a deep fry.

About European Extra Virgin Oil Specifically

Red Bean Hummus with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The olive tree, or Olea Europaea, is found in the Mediterranean Basin from Portugal to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and southern Asia as far east as China, as well as the Canary Islands and Réunion. It is beloved in Europe and produces the most delicious yields of fruit for olive oil.

The taste of the olive oil depends on the type of olive tree, the region it’s in, and the time of harvest. Europe provides a huge variety, which allows you to keep a wide array of oil flavors in your pantry at home.

  • Oils harvested early in the season: oils that are greener, more bitter and pungent
  • Oils harvested at the end of season: tend to taste mild and buttery
  • Spanish oil: golden yellow with a fruity, nutty flavor
  • Italian olive oil: dark green with an herbal aroma and a grassy flavor
  • Greek olive oil: strong flavor and aroma, tends to be green
  • French oil: typically pale in color and has a mild flavor

Now that you’ve got the inside scoop on where extra virgin olive oil comes from, let’s get to the yummy part: the red bean hummus recipe!

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