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Insider: Extra virgin canola and sunflower oils, made in Vt.

Full Sun Co.

Full Sun Co. in Middlebury, Vt., makes canola and sunflower oils labeled extra-virgin, a designation usually associated with premium olive oil (about $8 for 16.9 ounces). Non-GMO seeds from family farms are cold-pressed and small batches of the unrefined oils are produced in a similar way extra virgin olive oil is made. They taste entirely different than the types produced by large mills. The canola oil has a rich golden color and earthy, buttery flavors. The sunflower oil is lush with the nutty taste of sunflower seeds. “We try to make the oils taste like the seeds, as olive oil tastes like olives,” says cofounder David McManus. These are not for frying or high heat, but for sautéing, stir-fries, baking, dressings, or as a finishing drizzle. The sunflower oil pairs especially well with Asian herbs and spices. Use it with rice wine vinegar to bring depth to vinaigrette. Available at City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-1700; Pemberton Farms Marketplace, 2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 617-491-2244; Volante Farms, 292 Forest St., Needham, 781-444-2351; Whole Foods Market, 916 Walnut St., Newton, 617-969-1141 and 40 Railroad St., Andover, 978-749-6664. ANN TRIEGER KURLAND