Panzero’ Apulian StrEat Food. We didn’t know what to expect and you probably don’t know either. So, it was about time that we went to take a look at this spot at the Botersloot.
Let us first give some explanation about the name and the concept. As the name suggests a little, we are dealing with something that’s gaining popularity: street food. With Italian street food to be precise, and we didn’t really have that in Rotterdam, next to Sugo Apulian represents the product’s origin, the Italian region of Apulia (Puglia), and Panzero comes from the panzerotti, one of the most famous dishes.
Just as the myths saying eggs are unhealthy and that we should reduce salt in our diet have been proven false, so too is the myth that olive oil should not be used in cooking.
This is where the real benefits of extra virgin olive oil come to light. Extra virgin olive oil is ideal for frying. In proper temperature conditions, without over-heating, it undergoes no substantial structural change at all and keeps its nutritional value far better than other oils, not only because of the antioxidants but also due to its high levels of oleic acid (good fatty acids). It has a very high smoking point of 210ºC which is substantially higher than the ideal temperature for frying food which any cook will tell you is around 180ºC. Those fats with lower critical points, such as corn and butter, break down at this temperature and form toxic products.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is High in Antioxidants and Vitamin E, Which Help Fight Oxidation.
“My chips were all greasy and full of oil!” Well, they were probably fried with vegetable oil. Apart from it being healthier, one of the best reasons for using extra virgin olive oil for frying is that it forms a crust on the surface of the food that impedes the penetration of oil and improves its flavour. Food fried in extra virgin olive oil has a much lower fat content than food fried in other oils, making extra virgin far more suitable for weight control. Extra virgin olive oil, is the most suitable, the lightest and the tastiest medium for frying.
Frying Panzerotti with extra virgin olive oil
Panzero’® uses extra virgin olive oil that are being produced in Puglia, Italy only.
Puglia produces more olive oil than any other single region. There are some noteworthy oils from this region though, so don’t discount Puglia. The dominant olives in Puglese oils are Coratina, Provenzale, and Ogliarola. The oils in the region around Bari, a busy port city, are fruity and light. From the area of Bitonto, the oils are closer in character to the taste of fresh olives, with a slight almond taste.
We’ve worked carefully to find small, artisan producers to provide our customers with the finest extra virgin olive oils of the region.
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