07 Dec

Italy toasts its love for life, with the best of olive oil

By Rasheeda Bhagat,

It is with a lot of passion and zeal that most Italians speak about their cuisine and even wine. This borders on veneration when it comes to major producers of olive oil in Italy, as a group of 12 international journalists discovered during a recent olive oil trip to the Puglia and Umbria belt of the country organised by the International Olive Council (IOC).

The world’s second-largest producer of olive oil after Spain, Italy’s annual production is around 600,000 tonnes. In any olive oil industry, the pride of place of course goes to extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and Italian producers will proudly tell you that Italy contributes about 20 per cent of the world’s EVOO. It cultivates olives on nearly 1.3 million hectares, including the small farms where olive oil is produced only for personal consumption.

In a country which has 230 million olive trees — of which 60 million are in the Puglia region — you can expect to hear many a passionate tale about the importance of the olive tree, its history, and how it is “like some of our ancient sculptures”.

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2 Responses to “Italy toasts its love for life, with the best of olive oil”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Olive oil will have great advantages i think…I like post.Thanks for sharing the review on Olive oil.

  2. Twisted Olive Says:

    Thanks for the article. Italy has an impressive share of the EVOO market. I agree, the Olive Trees are analogous to ancient sculptures, most have a lifespan over 1000 years.

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