03 Jul

Californian Olive Oil Labels reflect new data

As California’s olive oil industry expands and refines, designations of various grades of oil are becoming more distinct and more identifiable.

Consumers will face challenges as they learn to differentiate between extra virgin (high-quality) and oil pressed from the pomace of cull olives. All of the oil is expected to move through one market level or another.

Help is on the way. A new California law specifies and adopts international olive oil grades. How that will affect marketing and movement of the growing supply of oil is discussed in a report by two agricultural and resource economists at the University of California, Davis.

Assistant Professor Travis Lybbert and Ph.D. candidate Christopher Gustafson wrote about the law and its effect in the January/February issue of Update, published by the university’s Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

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30 Jun

The New Californian Olive Trend

A new trend is changing the olive industry in the north state, now it’s all about the oil olives and the expensive liquid gold they produce.

In the olive city, there’s a new boom surrounding the fruit, Vice President of Crane Mills Brian Crane says, “The olive oil industry is what wine was decades ago.”

Several olive growers, including Crane Mills in Corning, are starting up new oil olive crops and building processing plants to produce olive oil.

Crane says, “With any new venture people are hopping on board just like we did, but there’s a potential to be over plantings.”

Crane just planted 200 acres of the oil olives, or Spanish Arbequinas.

Processor owner Ray Rogers of Corning Olive Oil Company believes the value of the olive oil he produces will decline as more businesses jump into the oil market.

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29 Jun

8 Surprising Uses for Olive Oil

By Brian Clark Howard,

Olive oil has many valuable uses beyond cooking, from personal care to home improvement, natural remedies and beyond. Also see money-saving uses for ketchup, vinegar and vodka.

Olive oil is more than a cartoon character, historic symbol of peace and glory or food staple of the much-vaunted Mediterranean diet. It is actually tremendously useful stuff, finding applications in personal care, home improvement, green cleaning, natural remedies and other areas.

It’s long been reported that there are a number of health benefits of olive oil. As a foodstuff it has a high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids, which studies show promote “good” cholesterol (HDL) while lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL). Olive oil is also known to be gentle on the digestive system, and even may help prevent gallstones and soothe ulcers. Good quality olive oil contains valuable vitamins and nutrients, and it is loaded with antioxidants, which many believe help protect the body from cancer.

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27 Jun

Discover the Amazing Benefits of the Olive Leaf

By Sheryl Walters,

Our bodies and immune systems are constantly fighting off foreign things such as pollution, bacteria and viruses. Stress from our fast paced lives is a leading cause of the further weakening of our body’s ability to combat illnesses.

Using drug substances, that act as an antibiotic, can actually weaken our immune systems and it is predicted by medical experts, that super viruses will soon occur for which there will be no drug cure.

Because we want to do what’s best for our body, we desire to put only natural substances into it. Drugs can cause harmful effects! That is why it is essential that we human beings look to natural health for our health answers. Olive leaf is one such remedy.

Olive leaf dates back to around 1000 B.C. It has been known to work as a powerful antioxidant. The leaves of both the Mission and Manzanillo Olive trees have been used for thousands of years, and were first known in the Mediterranean area of the world for their ability to promote good health and wellness. In the past decade, it has also become a well know herb in the United States and other places of the world.

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26 Jun

Olive oil on a damp sponge mop is a one-step cleaner & polisher for hardwood floors

I started with badly scuffed hardwood floors. From years of rolling office chairs back and forth, first the typewriter on the desk, then the computer. The wood had worn down to its bare, raw wood condition. Without sanding and staining the old 1950s hardwood floors, I took a dampened sponge mop, spilled a half cup at a time of the extra virgin olive oil (large bottle for about $14 at Sam’s Club) on the living room, foyer, and bedroom hardwood floors, and mopped the floors with a wet sponge against the thick olive oil on the  floors.

hardwood-floor-cleaned-with-olive-oilMiraculously, almost, the damp sponge mop covered with olive oil not only rolled the stray dog hairs into a roll that easily could be picked up, but also took off the dirt and at the same time polished the hardwood floor to a Victorian-era shine. The next step focused on the micro fiber cloth on a waxing mop to soak up the excess oil after the olive oil had been soaking in the wood for two hours.

The shine remained for weeks on a cleaner floor. Next, the olive oil on a separate micro fiber cloth polished my scuffed and worn oak table and other wooden furniture. This is my family’s tradition, to clean and polish wood in one step. A different quality extra virgin cold pressed and/or expeller pressed olive oil always stands on my table for putting on food. And a tablespoon of olive oil also goes into my shampoo bottle. So many uses for olive oil makes it my all-in-one polisher, cleaner, and skin-conditioner. Now if only I had an oil lamp as the centerpiece of my dinner table.

Best of all, in a recession, using basic products from my pantry saves a lot of money when every nickel counts. And I’m pleased with the comforting scent of the now more vibrant hardwood floors, cabinets, and wooden furniture after the oil is absorbed.

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