08 Aug

Australia: Here’s the good oil on olives

By Mark Logan,

The Mediterranean diet, which includes copious amounts of olive oil, is well known for its health benefits but that is not why retired physician John Milla, and his wife Lorraine, took to planting olive trees at Abilene Grove 13 years ago.

An avid tree planter, Mr Milla was initially interested in the investment opportunities that came with the establishment of an olive grove.

“There was a lot of talk about the investment opportunities in olives but now we are simply interested in getting the best oil we can out of the fruit,” Mr Milla said.

The Orange district is well known for its cold climate wines and it’s not only the grape that benefits from a long slow ripening. Olives also respond favourably to a cool summer and like wine, blending varieties helps balance the palate.

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