Olive hopes

TO DISPEL the myth that olive oil is suitable only for Italian cuisine, dishes of different continents dipped in olive oil were served to a select gathering at New Delhi's Opus Lounge. Narayanan Rajagopalan, president of Dalmia Continental Private Limited, the company that is planning to introduce the Extra Virgin Oil and Pomace Oil brands of Olive oil in Indian markets took plains to explain to everyone that there are no after-effects on consumption of olive oil. The Italian Trade commissioner, Guglielmo Galli, who was present on the occasion, expressed the hope that olive oil would be used as a cooking medium by more and more people in Delhi.

For those who are sceptical about using imported edible oil, Rajagopalan is quick to add that this oil has even received a certificate of approval has been received by the American Heart Association. Though the oil is relatively expensive, priced at Rs.170 for 500 millilitre and Rs.290 for a one-litre pack, it has many advantages as a healthy cooking medium. It has no flavour or odour and what is more it can be reused too. Since this fruit oil is smoked at 180 degrees, whatever chemical agent or chemical reaction there might be would have no harmful effect on anyone, assures the company.

"Olive oil is of help for the health-conscious. It has anti-oxidants like Vitamin A, D and E", says Rajagopalan hoping to spread the goodness of olive oil all round.

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