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 seeds into native woodlands.

Large areas of eucalypt woodland could be invaded by tough, long-lived wild olive trees that would be enormously expensive to eradicate without stricter controls.

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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 fruits of the Mediterranean.

The festival takes place on May 5,6 and 7, and offers Cape foodies the chance to tour the olive groves and learn about the production of olives and olive oils. There are also tastings, cellar tours, wine tastings and a farmers market featuring produce from the area.

Expect local restaurants to celebrate the humble olive, while artists and musicians provide the backdrop.

The Riebeek Valley is located in the Swartland district and is approximately an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Head out for the day, or stay over and explore further. Accommodation in the area ranges from the ultra luxurious to B&Bs and self-catering.

And for a bit of fun, catch the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival Train from Cape Town Station on the Saturday and Sunday.

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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 see you. The two are inseparable at every meal for a reason.

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24 May

Exquises olives!

Qu’on les aime pour cuisiner ou pour grignoter à l’apéro, les olives gagnent de plus en plus en popularité. À preuve, toutes ces variétés dans nos épiceries.

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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?

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