24 Jul

[Middle East] Israelis Settlers Torch 400 Olive Trees near Bethlehem

Settlers set fire to over 400 olive trees in a village Southwest of Bethlehem, locals said.

Palestinian_Olive_trees_destroyedMore than 12 acres of trees were set alight by settlers from nearby Bat Ayin settlement on Sunday, witnesses said. The land belongs to Haj Abdul-Rahman Hamdan.

Since 1967, Israeli forces have confiscated over 2,500 acres of land from al-Jaba village, leaving only 750 acres to Palestinian residents.


23 Jul

Pot Grow Uncovered in Middle of Olive Orchard

Authorities have uncovered two marijuana growing gardens while serving a search warrant at an area southeast of Oroville. Butte County Sheriff’s deputies with the Special Enforcement Unit showed up at a home near Lower Wyandotte Road and Foothill Boulevard Monday to serve a search warrant, according to a press release.

Marijuana_Olives_OrchadWhile searching the area, authorities happened upon two marijuana gardens: one in the middle of an olive orchard, and another near a creek bed.

Ramiro Sanchez-Pineda, a man in his 40’s from Mexico, was arrested for tending to the garden. Deputies say he had a fake green card along with a medical marijuana card. He is said to have entered the country illegally about six months ago and obtained the marijuana card in Chico.

A total of 425 pot plants were taken from the site.

This bust is the third marijuana growing operation bust in the past few days. Thursday, Butte County authorities announced they had seized more than 1,000 pot plants last week.


23 Jul

Ancient olive press found in Jerusalem excavation

An ancient olive press was discovered during excavations in Jerusalem conducted by scientists at the Israel Antiquities Authority, it was announced Tuesday. The press was unearthed as scientists were digging out remains from the grounds upon which a student dormitory will be built for the nearby Jerusalem College of Technology, the IAA said.

Ancient-Olive-Press-Jerusalem“This ancient press for producing olive oil, whose date could not be clearly ascertained, was in all likelihood one that belonged to an old town or a farm that was on these premises,” read an IAA statement. “It joins another olive press that was discovered a few years ago in the nearby Beit Hakerem neighborhood on the other side of the Rakafot River. These presses are testament to the centrality of the olive trade to the agrarian economy of Jerusalem and its surroundings.”

The press was ensconced in an ancient, karst cave. The Jerusalem College of Technology and the IAA plan on turning the area into a rest and leisure zone for students who can also learn about how it was operated in ancient times.


22 Jul

EVOO Producer Bellucci Premium Comments on How Olive Oil Can Help Boost Your Immune System

Following an article that discusses how certain foods, such as olive oil, can boost your immune system, organic olive oil producer Bellucci Premium comments on the findings.

Belluci_Premium_EVOOAccording to the article published on July 8th by The Times of India titled “20 Foods To Increase Your Immunity,” reports show that different foods can improve your health by boosting your immune system. Among the foods listed were honey, fish, almonds and olive oil.

The article explains how due to its high amounts of antioxidants, olive oil is great for treating the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis. Many doctors also recommend diets rich in olive oil and vegetables for patients who suffer from conditions such as arterial blood pressure or high pressure in their arteries.

The article continues to explain how there have been multiple studies on the incorporation of a Mediterranean diet, which is a diet rich in olive oil. This diet is proven to help reduce heart disease and lower the risk of getting Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Bellucci Premium, says that it is important to include not only healthy foods in your diet, but also foods that have known properties to help your immune system. “Extra virgin olive oil is an essential part of well-known diets, such as the Mediterranean diet, because of all the beneficial qualities that it possesses,” she says. “As recent reports show, olive oil should be considered by all who are striving to live a healthy lifestyle.”

Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Tuscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.

15 Jul

Australia’s most expensive bottle of Olive Oil fetches $10,000

Australia’s most expensive bottle of extra virgin olive oil was auctioned on Wednesday night at FEVOO, Australia’s first extra virgin olive oil festival.

Most-expensive-olive-oilReaching an impressive $10,000, the 1.5L magnum bottle was sold to Andrew Pridman, incoming chairman of the Sydney Swans and chairman of Cobram Estate Olive Oil, with all proceeds donated to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

The olive oil was a ‘Trio’ blend using oil from Australia best groves and was crafted by master olive oil maker, Leandro Ravetti.

Each of the oils used won awards at the prestigious New York International Olive Oil Competition in April this year. The Trio consisted of Cobram Estate’s limited release Ultra-Premium Hojiblanca and Picual, made by Ravetti, with the final component coming from Rylstone Olive Press with their Rylstone Cudgegong Blend 3.

The FEVOO festival celebrated the Australian olive oil industry by showcasing Australia’s finest extra virgin olive oils featuring the like of Cobram Estate, Cradle Coast Olives, Alto Olives, Gwydir Olives, Camilo Olives, Pukara Estate and many more.

The festival also featured an expert panel who discussed the importance of the Australian extra virgin olive oil industry and included Dr Leandro Ravetti, Dr Richard Gawel, Dr Johanna McMillan, Stephanie Alexander and Professor Rod Mailer.