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mrs mop; Looking for something to drizzle on your salad this summer? Here's our pick of the best olive oils. peek in your pad.

Byline: Laura Davidson

Italian extra virgin olive oil

This claims to have an intensely fruity flavour, which it does, but the 'fiery peppery end note' referred to on the bottle was lost on me. It had a slight kick but nothing too harsh. Fantastic drizzled on bruschetta.

Verdict: *****

Price: pounds 3.49 for 500ml

Available: Marks & Spencer

Morrisons' extra virgin olive oil

It doesn't state whether it's Italian, Greek or Spanish. All have a very particular taste and this is a bit of a mishmash. But it's fine for a salad dressing if you prefer the oil taste in the background.

Verdict: *****

Price: pounds 3.44 for 750ml

Available: Morrisons

Extra Special Greek extra virgin olive oil

This is best used as a salad dressing so the flavour of the oil isn't masked too much. It has a clean taste while not being too overpowering. Good for roasting Mediterranean-style vegetables.

Verdict: *****

Price: pounds 2.56 for 500ml

Available: Asda

Extra virgin olive oil

This is a no-frills product and the price is impressive but I'd use it for cooking like regular olive oil instead of for salads and drizzling as I usually would with the extra virgin variety. The taste isn't complex enough - it's a little bland.

Verdict: *****

Price: pounds 4.57 for 1 litre

Available: Tesco
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 29, 2007
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