Find Out if Brightland’s New Pizza Oil Is Worth the Hype
Do you know where your olive oil comes from? Or what a good one should even taste like? Last month, the elevated, AAPI-founded pantry staple brand Brightland released the newest product in their superior quality lineup that you’re going to want for all your summer meals: Pizza Oil.
Made from a blend of Arbosana, Arbequina and Mission olives grown on California's central coast and valley, Pizza Oil is crushed with fresh jalapeño peppers, oregano, basil and garlic. This oil is smooth, rich and herbaceous. Its ideal use is drizzled on top of a slice of pizza but it can really heighten any meal from salads to frittatas to a charcuterie board. Brightland founder and CEO Aishwarya Iyer says the product is a first of its kind and brings a new layer of deliciousness to the table.
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“The perfect blend of fresh olive oil and spicy herbs, Pizza Oil has already become a pizza party staple for each and every member of our team,” she says. “A generous drizzle certainly elevates the cheesy, saucy goodness we all already know and love!”
Produced by a third-generation California olive oil family, Brightland’s Pizza Oil is made in an artisanal, small-batch method where the olives are manually crushed alongside the other ingredients. Each bottle actually has the harvest date, too. This differs from how mass-produced olive oils are made, and you can seriously taste the difference. Iyer explains on the company site that “not all olive oils are created equally: there are both good and bad quality products out there.” Brightland’s commitment to quality isn’t just something they say off the cuff—they are passionate about informing consumers about the problems within the olive oil industry, and share links to studies, research and other educational info on their site, noting that the industry has had “a history of problems, including mislabeling, adulteration with inferior refined oils and failing to meet minimum sensory standards.”
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In addition to their Pizza Oil, you might recognize Brightland’s colorful labels from their lines of olive oils, kinds of vinegar and honey.
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They also sell some pretty glam accessories for your kitchen, such as golden spouts for your olive oil bottles. The shape of Brightland’s bottles and the pops of color on the labels scream “chic” and you would feel so bad tucking these away in your cabinet rather than standing proudly on your countertop.
And their Pizza Oil is no different. A red-checked, white squeeze bottle with a matte label is begging to be part of that countertop lineup so it can remind you of the flavor you’ll be missing out on if you don’t squeeze it onto everything you eat. It’s mildly spicy due to the jalapenos and has strong herby notes of oregano, basil and rosemary.
What To Put Brightland Pizza Oil On
I tried it on pizza, a frittata and alongside some toasted ciabatta. My favorite way to eat it was with the pizza because it enhanced the flavors of the pie and also it was pretty fun to dip my crust in it. It’s smooth, complex and peppery. In fact, Brightland says that a sharp, peppery sensation in olive oil is the best indicator of good-quality olive oil.
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“The polyphenols in olive oil contribute to a sharp taste and resistance to oxidation. These polyphenols are strong antioxidants and have been shown to provide a host of beneficial effects from healing sunburn to lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of coronary disease,” their website states. “Additionally, oleocanthal, a natural polyphenolic anti-inflammatory agent uniquely found in extra virgin olive oil, functions much the same way that ibuprofen, an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) does. This receptor is spatially located at the back of the throat, which is exactly where the distinctive sting from high-quality olive oil is felt. This unique sensation and the accompanying cough or clearing of the throat are regarded among connoisseurs as indicators of high-quality olive oil.” Let’s see your olive oil do that!
Where To Buy Brightland’s Pizza Oil
Brightland Pizza Oil, $32 on Brightland.com