What is the difference between fused and infused olive oils? First of all, fused and infused oils are produced differently. A fused (or agrumato) oil olive is created when the olives are pressed simultaneously with fruits and/or whole fresh herbs. Each blend produces a rich delicious flavor of the combination of the olives and fruit or herbs that was combined at the time of pressing. This type of olive oil is not as common as infused olive oil, and has a longer shelf life.

Infused (or flavored) oil is produced when herbs and spices are added after the olive oil has been pressed. The olive oil picks up the flavors of the added ingredients, intensifying over time, producing a robust flavored oil.

Fused Olive Oil

Fused olive oils, more commonly called agrumato oils are those where the flavor is extracted directly from the fruit at the same time as the olive oil is pressed. This method keeps the essential oils and flavors of the fruit or plant suspended in the oil, while the pulp, stems, seeds, water and rinds are discarded with the olive pomace or olive pulp.

Infused Olive Oil

In contrast to this, is the process of infusing olive oil. In this process the flavor is added to the olive oil after it’s already been made. All of our infused olive oils start with ultra premium extra virgin olive oils and are blended in small batches with 100% natural, organic essential oils of the plant or fruit.

Why Aren’t Flavored Olive Oils Labeled Extra Virgin

Because of the strict standards outlined for an oil to be classified as extra virgin, any time a flavor has been added to the oil the USDA says that it can no longer be classified as extra virgin and instead must simply be labeled as olive oil. However, at D’Olivo all of our flavored olive oils begin with a certified ultra premium extra virgin olive oil base which ensures that the same health benefits exist even in our fused and infused flavored lineup.

In addition, only those plant essences that we want to have added to the oil are added, meaning that no artificial colors or sweeteners are ever added. This ensures we maintain one of the healthiest and purest oils on the market.