More and more exotic oils are popping up every day, making it easy to sample terroirs from around the world. Here, five that topped our taste test.
The Oil: Pumpkin Seed
Why: Locals have long sworn by this nutritional extra-virgin variety.
The Source: It’s extracted from a green-and-orange pumpkin native to the Styrian region.
Buy: Austria’s Finest, Naturally; 8.5 fl. oz. for $16.99.
The Oil: Avocado
Why: Fresh and fruity (with hints of green olive), it’s ideal for cooking at very high temperatures.
The Source: The ripe pulp is cold-pressed and bottled in Chile, one of the world’s biggest avocado exporters.
Buy: TerraMater; 8.5 fl. oz. for $16.49.
The Oil: Pistachio
Why: Traditional 150-year-old French techniques are used to make the sweet and creamy oil.
The Source: Thanks to its dry climate, California is ground zero for this plump tree nut.
Buy: La Tourangelle; 8.45 fl. oz. for $19.99.
The Oil: Argan
Why: The floral-tasting product isn’t just for beauty miracles; it’s also said to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
The Source: The endangered tree is endemic only to a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve in Morocco.
Buy: Argand’Or; 3.4 fl. oz. for $27.90.
The Oil: Hazelnut
Why: Created from roasted nuts, it manages to be both intensely buttery and light.
The Source: The family-owned mill in Iguerande, Burgundy—which is open to the public—has made small batches since 1878.
Buy: J. Leblanc; 8 fl. oz. for $25.95.