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My Extra-Virgin Experiment

On the civilizing effects of an ancient elixir

Laurie McAndish King
Feb 26 · 10 min read

I have a thing for extra virgin olive oil. Some might call it an obsession, but I prefer to think of it as a love affair. I’ve chased that golden-green elixir around the world, savoring its subtle inflections: grassy, fruity, nutty. My husband has waited patiently in elegant tasting rooms as I sipped varietals and cultivars and single-estate standouts, robust early harvests and…