Archive for the 'Geographic' Category

24 May

Olives add new dimension to economy

By Sarah Lee OLIVES are being picked across the Broke and Hambledon Hill areas in abundance confirming this year as the biggest and best harvest yet. Hunter Olive Association vice president Mike Wilson is very pleased with the outcome of harvest that began in February. While it was an early start to picking this year, […]

24 May

Scientists pit themselves against…

…the feral olive, a ‘horticultural time bomb’ By Graeme O’Neill THEY’RE tough, prolific breeders and not keen on making friends with the natives. Now two leading environmental scientists have called for stricter controls on olive orchards, describing them as a horticultural time bomb. They say orchards need to be netted to prevent birds spreading olive […]

24 May

In praise of the humble olive

Olives Festival in South Africa Olives groves are fast becoming a fixture alongside the Cape’s vineyards, with the quaint sister towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West — a mere 5km apart — a hub of the local olive industry. Only fitting then, that they should host a weekend festival dedicated to these plump, flavoursome […]

24 May

Olive oil and wine have a lot in common

By Taylor Eason I had no idea what I didn’t know. I went on a wine trip to Italy and stumbled into the fascinating, ancient world of olive oil, an industry so similar to wine that it’s freaky. In Italy, the two dance together like lovers. Quality wine, meet quality olive oil … nice to […]

24 May

Time For An Oil Change

Ever think of olives as a fruit? Not sweet, but rich in healthful fats, olives are more than a savory ingredient and finger food.Why so healthful?