09 Oct

Olive harvesting in Umbria, Italy, drips with tradition

Making olive oil at harvest takes time, muscle and a bit of guidance. Visiting mills in the region, known as 'Italy's green heart,' provides a lesson in its history and a chance to sample the season's offerings.     Reporting from Civitella, Italy— The anonymous stone building on the outskirts of Civitella, my Umbrian hilltop […]

30 Jun

The New Californian Olive Trend

A new trend is changing the olive industry in the north state, now it’s all about the oil olives and the expensive liquid gold they produce. In the olive city, there’s a new boom surrounding the fruit, Vice President of Crane Mills Brian Crane says, “The olive oil industry is what wine was decades ago.” […]

19 Jun

Australian Olive growers face low yields

By Kim Woods, Harvest, which began in mid-April, is wrapping up after severe frosts last week. Wagga Wagga, in NSW, is home to about 55,000 trees owned by investment companies and small growers. The Riverina Olive Growers Association has 45 active members picking fruit from up to 30,000 trees. Association secretary Vici Murdoch said unseasonal […]

17 Jun

Olive growers’ crops looking sparse

By Julie R. Johnson, Officials are scratching their heads as to why this year’s olive crop is the pits. “The crop looked really good early on,” said Doug Compton, assistant commissioner of the Tehama County Agriculture Department. “But then we began hearing reports of poor fruit set from olive growers.” Across the state, Tehama County […]

24 Mar

Bumper olive harvest expected in Western Australia

The Department of Food and Agriculture is predicting this year’s olive harvest will be one of the best in years. Harvesting near Dongara began at the weekend and will move further south to Gingin before wrapping up around June and July. The department’s Dick Taylor says production is expected to rise by 3,000 tonnes to […]