24 May

Pickle me Green

Above all things pickled, the olive

BY Amy Atkins
Green: the color of re-birth, freedom, celebration and … pickled items. Pickling is done when a raw food is put in an acid (vinegar) or a citrus juice or soaked in brine solution. Years ago, pickling was used to keep foods from spoiling during long sea voyages. If pickled, beef and pork could be kept for months, and eggs and vegetables would stay, if not delicious, at least edible. However, with the advent of refrigerators, freezers and Seal-a-meals, pickling is no longer used for preservation as often as it is to add tangy flavor (and one we love) to some otherwise bland vegetables.

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24 May

Passionate about olives

By Louise Bettison

LEARNING to distinguish between table and oil olive trees should be compulsory for anyone wanting to establish an olive farm, according to grower Donald Mackenzie.

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24 May

Olea europaea L. Oleaceae

a simple but complete explanation about the fruit !

Common Name: Olive.

Related Species: Wild Olive (Olea africana), Oleaster (O. europaea var. oleaster).

Distant Affinity: American Olive (Osmanthus americana), Fragrant Olive (O. fragrans).

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24 May

Future of Olive (Oil) in Australia

Olive farms must map future

John Fennell inspects an olive tree.

THE state’s more than 500 olive farmers have been urged to start seriously planning long-term to compete on the world market.

Two reports on the future of olive growing showed the industry had significant potential but warned that growers needed to become very marketing focused.Primary Industries and Resources of South Australia horticulture principal industry co-ordinator John Fennell said the local industry had had good success with oil exports to the U.S.

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24 May

The Olives Table by Todd English

Todd English is articulate about how he cooks. His food is uniquely Mediterranean, muscular and sophisticated; he describes it as “refined rustic.” His purpose in The Olives Table is to show home cooks how to make simple Mediterranean ingredients “more interesting, more elaborate, more fun.

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