The TAICHI project is financed with aid from the European Union

Cooking is like loving - you cannot do it without passion!

"The Mysterious Cook" is a short film with a culinary-romantic twist. It is a story of a humble Chinese journalist, who has rediscovered his inspiration and taste for life in beautiful Italy The film by celebrated Italian director Giacomo Arrigoni is starring Esmeralda Spadea (卫艾达) and Yoon C. Joyce. It was created as a part of the TAICHI project, supported by the EU.

Olive oil and health

Research suggests that enjoying extra virgin olive may reduce risks of many chronic illnesses. Nutritious and rich in energy, olive oil has a healthy ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats. Substituting animal fats and refined vegetable oils with olive oil can not only bring health benefits but also help maintain healthy weight. Read more about olive oil and health

Food with olive oil

While enjoying extra virgin olive oil raw best preserves its delicate flavours, it is also excellent for both stir-frying and deep frying due to its high smoke point. For this reason, it is a good substitute for less healthy fats. Olive oil is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet that is listed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Read more about making delicious dishes with olive oil

Selecting olive oil

With so many types of olive oil in the market, selecting the right one can feel like a challenge. While you cannot go wrong with extra virgin olive oil, the healthiest and highest quality one, various certificates and label terms can tell you more about the quality of the oil. With some olive oils, you can even trace the oil back to its production area. Let us help you learn the terminology so you can select the right olive oil

The TAICHI project

TAICHI is an informational program (co-funded by the European Union) whose aim is to promote the knowledge and the use of European olive oil in China and Taiwan. The three main consortia of Italian olive growers, CNO (as leader), UNAPOL and UNASCO, support and finance the program. 

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Why extra virgin olive oil?

Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality oil extracted with chemical-free and purely mechanical means under controlled thermal conditions. It is believed to have many positive effects on human health. Because of its high smoke point of 210 °C, it can be used for frying in addition to using it for replacing other, less healthy oils in baking and in salad dressings and dips.

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The Mediterranean diet: delicious and healthy

The Mediterranean diet is famous both for its healthiness and for its great taste.The Mediterranean way is to enjoy delicious food with a glass of wine in the company of friends and family. According to research, olive oil is the main source of fat and health-promoting component of the Mediterranean diet that is on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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