17 Feb

Chili: 6,000-year-old seasoning?

Scientists found fossil evidence that ancient Americans from southern Peru up to the Bahamas were cultivating varieties of chilies about 6,000 years ago.

14 Feb

Olive Oil Tasting is an Art

Tasting notes from Spain By Reggie Aspiras, OLIVE OIL TASTING IS AN ART. Among the many activities at Madrid Fusion were olive oil- and wine-tasting sessions. As different as wine and olive oil are, they also share many similarities. And if there are wine connoisseurs, there are also olive connoisseurs. But why must one taste […]

13 Feb

Picking olives in Kandanos, Crete

by Vassilis Gialamaraki, Images by Jonxyz/scullywho/Kjersten Olive trees are an integral part of the Cretan landscape and a source of life and health to Cretans, symbolizing peace and fertility. So, on a sunny Sunday in January we went out to pick olives. My mother, Katharina, had planned this day for a long time. We were […]

10 Feb

Olive Oil has many uses

By Rachel Webb, I hope I ‘m not the only one, but before moving to the main olive growing area of Spain I thought that black olives and green olives were different varieties. But they’re not. My nearest town, Martos, is the olive growing capital of Spain. In the 50 km surrounding Martos they harvest […]

27 Jan

Cure your own Olives

By Mel White, One of the first things I noticed when I moved into my apartment here in Chula Vista, California-a few miles south of San Diego-was the fine old olive trees growing among the landscaped shrubbery and lawns of the neighborhood. “They’re Mission olives,” an old-time resident of the city told me, “refugees from […]