25 May

For the love of olive oil

Claudia Pharand spreads olive oil on her toast for breakfast. Sometimes she adds homemade jam or maple syrup. She cooks fish and vegetables with olive oil, whips it into a mean béchamel sauce, even uses it on her skin and hair for that extra healthy glow. She goes through one litre of the viscous green a month, and has 15 bottles at home in her cupboard.Pharand is the oil-obsessed co-owner, with Danièle Beauchamp, of Olive & Olives, the olive oil and specialty goods store on the village-green stretch of Laurier west of Papineau.

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25 May

Frost damage evident in NorCal olives

By Bill Krueger,

There appears to be a geographical gradient from north to south with the problem being more severe in the north and getting somewhat less toward the south.

Generally speaking, olive yields in the Sacramento Valley were lighter last year than the year before. This is in contrast to the San Joaquin Valley, which heralded a large crop last year.

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25 May

Big Hunter olive crop predicted

It has been a bumper year for Hunter’s olive industry, which is expected to produce a record crop.

The Upper and Lower Hunter now has more than 200,000 olive trees producing table fruit and oil.

This year’s harvest will finish next week and vice-president of the Hunter Olive Association, Mike Wilson, says yields are likely to be double or possibly triple last year’s result.

He says that is due to more fruit bearing trees maturing and good drought management practices.

“Most of the groves are irrigated and there are a lot of new groves that are coming on line and having their first crops,” he said.

“So their first good crops. We’re still trying to get figures together, but I would estimate there’s about 200 tonnes of olives being picked this year and if it comes in at 300 I wouldn’t be at all surprised.”

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24 May

State’s Olive Oil Tasters Flunk Test of Distinction

Stripped of authority to certify grades such as extra virgin,
an industry panel weighs its future.

By Jerry Hirsch,

California’s olive oil police have been pulled over.

An industry panel that for five years has certified the quality of California’s olive oil — discerning virgin from extra virgin oil — has flunked an international taste test.

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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, olives have shown a quality that will uphold the grade of the region’s table and oil olives.

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