Olive oil, the backbone of the heralded Mediterranean diet and a go-to for both celebrity and home cooks, is a culinary powerhouse.
If you see white particles in your olive oil, your reaction may be to toss it, but you shouldn't.
White spots could represent mold, but that's not necessarily the case. The only reliable ways to determine if olive oil has gone bad are by taste and smell.
White particles in olive oil are likely wax, citing Metro. This is safe to eat and has a natural explanation.
All fruits are coated in a natural wax film that prevents them from drying out or getting wet. This wax is visible on plums' skin.
Olives also have a waxy covering that acts as a protective barrier, and much of this layer is squeezed into olive oil, as reported by Metro.
A cold environment might cause the wax in the oil to solidify and form the little white specks you sometimes see in the bottle.
Olive oil's natural wax, as reported by the Daily Mail, becomes solid at temperatures about 10 degrees Celsius (around 50 degrees Fahrenheit).
If the temperature in your pantry falls to this level, don't be startled if you find hazy flecks in your olive oil; all you need to do to remove them is warm it up.