Contaminants in Cretan olive oil: Exhaust fumes from olive oil mills, pesticides and plasticizers contaminate the olive oil

Lubricants and exhaust gases are a new group of contaminants for the olive oil produced in Crete, which are expected to be targeted by the European Union in the next two years at the latest. Therefore, both olive growers during olive harvesting and producers during the pressing of the olives must be as careful as …

Turkish exporters in despair over accumulated stocks of olive oil from the export ban

The export ban imposed by the Turkish government – Breaking news: Turkey imposed an export ban on its olive oils (1/8/2023) may have been a good measure for the grassroots as it stopped the skyrocketing prices on the domestic market, but at the same time it was also very bad news for traders and exporters, …

Sultana, the new variety that will revolutionize the super-intensive

Is called Sultana and it is the new olive variety which, according to the University of Cordoba “it will revolutionize high-density planting”. Fruit of the research developed with the Balam Agricultures, this new variety is considered a watershed in the production of high density olive groves. As reported by the Spanish magazine Marcaceous, Pedro Gàlvez …

The IOC announces this year’s best EVOOs!

The IOC has published the list of winners and finalists of the 24th edition of the Mario Solinas Quality Award for extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs) from the northern hemisphere. This year, the world’s most prestigious non-for-profit EVOO competition, received 113 samples from 10 countries. The winning and finalist oils were judged by an International …

Storm Monica harvests the burgeoning olive trees in Spain

Up to 13 regions in Spain are on alert for rain, snow, wind and adverse sea conditions. The storm Monica is also being experienced in rural areas, as the olives in most zones have been burgeoned very early.The thirteenth bad weather event of the season, Monica, left in its wake a stormy weather pattern of …

Ancient Olive Groves on Capri Are Reservoirs of Biodiversity

A study of the ancient olive trees on Capri has led to the discovery of previously unknown olive varieties and other interesting insights into the age and origin of the monumental trees growing on the Italian island.The research, published in Scientia Horticulturae by the Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources of the National Research Council (IBBR-CNR) …

The nightmare scenario for olive oil – Assessment for the next season

Vassilis Zambounis, an agricultural economist who knows the olive sector like few others in Greece, spoke to topontiki.gr about the high price of olive oil that is still observed in supermarkets.Mr. Zambounis referred to the increases in olive oil prices which, as he explained, are largely due to an “unnatural – natural” phenomenon, while he …

Five-Year Project Delivers Infrastructure and Training for Algerian Olive Farmers

The PASA Program to develop a modern and sustainable olive farming and olive oil production sector in Algeria has concluded. According to Paul Lompech, the program’s head of communication, PASA established a network of resources, providing small farmers and millers access to the latest knowledge and best practices for growing and milling olives over the …

Olive leaves in food instead of salt: One more Italian innovation

It has long been known that olive leaves are rich in polyphenolic substances that have excellent health properties.Their extract is used to produce many products on the market today in herbal shops or available on the shelf among dietary supplements. The innovation, this time, however, concerns a different use: the use of olive leaf extract …

How to Make Award-Winning Olive Oil in a Tractor-Trailer

Samir Bayraktar has produced extra virgin olive oil in the back of a tractor-trailer truck for nearly a decade.The mechanical engineer first developed the idea while working as the managing director of Turkish olive oil producer Nar Gourmet. “We had a project to research and find minor local cultivars around Anatolia,” Bayraktar told Olive Oil …