I was eating at a Middle Eastern restaurant last night which had a Lebanese chef. I ordered the hummus, which came with a small bottle of olive oil. When the chef came and asked us for comments on the food, I informed him that the olive oil was a bit old (it was clearly rancid). He told us that back in Lebanon, they prefer their olive oil old, as fresh olive oil is too harsh.
This was surprising to me, as it’s the first time I’ve heard of something like this. Google did not yield any useful results. Is there any truth to what the chef claimed or is he merely BS-ing me? Really curious to know. Thanks!