At Symphony Foods we strive to find ingredients that are plant and planet forward. You have already met Sorghum, our hero, now meet our plant based fat source, Olive Oil.
Olive oil is a vegetable oil or fat (liquid) obtained from olives (the fruit of Olea europaea), produced by pressing whole olives and extracting the oil. Olive trees have been grown around the Mediterranean since the 8th millennium BC.
One tablespoon of olive oil (13.5 g) contains the following nutritional information according to the USDA
- Food energy: 500 kJ (119 kcal)
- Fat: 13.5 g (21% of the daily value, DV)
- Saturated fat: 2 g (9% of DV)
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Fibers: 0
- Protein: 0
- Vitamin E: 1.9 mg (10% of DV)
- Vitamin K: 8.1 µg (10% of DV)
Besides the excellent nutritional benefits, the contribution of olive tree cultivation and olive oil production towards increased sustainability is also considerable. Olive orchards, especially in the Mediterranean region, are a barrier to desertification and erosion. Also 70% of the world’s olive orchards are entirely rain-fed.