Archive for the 'Africa' Category

01 Mar

Tunisia olive oil exports jump 53% in 2006

Tunisia’s key olive oil exports jumped by 53 percent to 167 700 t last year as a government campaign to boost exports bore fruit, official data showed on Thursday. Olive oil, whose popularity is growing among health-conscious consumers worldwide, represents half of the North African country’s farm sales which in turn account more than 10% […]

21 Feb

Olive Oil lowers blood pressure, prevents ulcer

By Sade Oguntola, OLIVE oil, the centerpiece of the Mediterranean diet, a regime long associated with healthy heart and improved blood flow, may prevent getting infected with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, the cause of millions of gastric and peptic ulcer cases worldwide. Researchers from the Spanish Institute de la Grasa and the University Hospital of […]

17 Feb

Olive oil brings hope to North Africans

The world’s growing taste for olive oil is pouring new life into parts of rural North Africa, where the golden liquid has been a staple since ancient times. However, drought, archaic production methods and poor marketing are a challenge for local producers facing growing competition as more countries slip into the olive oil market. Tunisia […]

07 Feb

North African olive farmers press European giants

By Tarek Amara and Zakia Abdennebi, TUNIS/RABAT (Reuters) – The world’s growing taste for olive oil is pouring new life into parts of rural North Africa, where the golden liquid has been a staple since ancient times. However, drought, archaic production methods and poor marketing are a challenge for local producers facing growing competition as […]

19 Jan

Champion olive oil from Franschhoek

THIS country’s finest olive oil comes from Franschhoek in the Boland. Waterfall River Farm beat twenty contenders in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition with an oil made from its maiden vintage. The results of the first SA Olive Awards were announced last month at Laborie in Paarl. Winners were awarded in three categories: Extra […]