Archive for the 'South Africa' Category

11 Oct

Piquancy wins one South African’s olive oil an award

By Ben Maclennan, “A fresh but rich, rounded aroma, full of nuances of fresh salad leaves and nuts,” “The nuttiness is carried through to the palate with an appealingly rich mouth feel… the gentle bitterness and piquancy linger on, leaving a very pleasant aftertaste.” the judges said. These were the qualities that won the laurels […]

04 Sep

South Africa:olives industry wants taxes

By Nigel Austin, THE fast-growing South Australian olive industry wants to impose a tax of up to $6 a tonne on itself to help fund market development and lift productivity. Olives SA president Lisa Rowntree said a three-month consultation process had revealed widespread industry support for the fund. “Not only was feedback positive, it also […]

27 Apr

Origin of Olives in South Africa

In 1902, after completing his studies at Saint Illario Agricultural College in Genoa, Ferdinando Costa arrived in Cape Town to assist his brother Raphael, who had set up a successful nursery in Wynberg. After a few years, Ferdinando was able to obtain his own small piece of land opposite the new Fernwood Estate in Newlands […]

30 Jul

Linda Stafford demystifies extra-virgin olive oil

It’s not always the label on the wine bottle that attracts admiring attention at dinner parties. Sometimes it’s on the one containing green-gold extra-virgin olive oil. In the past 7 years there has been a small revolution in the winelands that has nothing to do with grapes. It gathered momentum when Italy’s Giulio Bertrand bought […]