Archive for the 'Middle East' Category

08 Sep

Is your Olive Oil pure?

By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, You may think you’re buying pure olive oil, but some suppliers are adulterating it with cheaper oils. Now the Bactochem lab in Nes Ziona (Israel) has developed a technique to identify olive oil that has been mixed with other oils, even at levels of only 5%. Moshe Heller, who developed the technique, […]

28 Aug

Jordan’s Olive production expected to drop by 40 per cent this season

The Kingdom’s olive production is expected to drop by 40 per cent this season, yielding some 124,800 tonnes, preliminary Agriculture Ministry estimates indicate. Known for its “alternate bearing habit”, under which olive production peaks in alternate years, this season’s produce was expected to yield more than last year, when the country harvested around 243,500 tonnes […]

07 Aug

one of the oldest and largest olive press was discovered in northern Israel

An ancient olive-oil production complex dating from the 6th-7th Centuries CE , one of the largest ever exposed in Israel was discovered at Ahihud, in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority. A unique and impressive complex for producing oil that dates to the Byzantine period, which is also one of the largest uncovered in […]

28 Jul

Only John Paul’s Olive Tree Flourishes on Mount

An olive tree on the Mount of Beatitudes blessed by Pope John Paul II is the only one producing olives this year, according to the forester at the site. Catholic Online reports in the Jubilee Year of 2000, Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land stopping at one point to bless […]

28 Jul

Healthy Olives Can Now Be Grown In Salty Water

Varieties of olive trees recently tested by researchers could be cultivated with moderate saline water irrigation. The olive’s reputation as a health food is being borne out by modern science, as studies of olive-consuming Mediterranean peoples have shown. To keep the world’s olive lovers satisfied, an intensive wave of olive planting has occurred in the […]