Honey and Extra Olive oil have some "good" things in common: single ingredient products with unique and complex flavour profiles. Extra Virgin Olive oil flavours are so complex to the point where one might say their complexity resembles the ones from wine. To see the complexity of such flavours, one thing which can be done easily is to read the flavour description as it comes out from the olive oil competition panelist. This can be testified through the plethora of olive oil competition throughout the world from Athens, to New York, and Madrid to Tokyo.
However both of them have been used in food frauds many times in the past. Companies such as Lidl , Filippo Berio and Bertolli had been fined for misinformation about the origin or the tasting quality of the extra virgin olive oil. EU and UK authorities still allow honey and olive oil to have label which mentions in general terms information about the origin of the product. You see label reading:
This is made of EU and non EU blends. In most of the cases, it is impossible to find the exact country of origin of these honeys due to a broken food traceability system.
Why the supermarkets still sell products of honey with the label to read non EU blends of honey at only £3.20 per Kilo when the cost of producing honey for a beekeeper is at least £5.00
What is our action then you might wonder?
Do not buy any of these products when they are blends, and this can be done by checking the label. When you see blends of EU and non EU blends, then immediately it is understood that this products is jarred or bottled using mixtures of various olive oil. Instead buy them from local delicatessen stores across the country where both olive oil and honey products come from one grower or beekeeper. Especially with honey, we recommend any purchase of honey products to be done from a beekeeper who packs their honey into jars by themselves. And remember all products must have a label on with all the legal information on: address, weight/volume, name of the product, best before date, country of origin (which in our case it should be one) and nutritional information (Honey is excepted)