22 Apr

Olive oil industry, production getting bigger by moment

By Reed Fujii, LODI – Olive oil production in California is a hot ticket. About 130 people joined in a two-day class offered Friday and Saturday in Lodi by the University of California, and others had to be turned away, said Dan Flynn, executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center. California olive oil production […]

20 Apr

California olive oils are growing on us

By Greg Atkinson, Last September, when I was in California, I enjoyed a picnic in the shade of some enormous old olive trees. The tables were covered with Provençal fabrics, and when we sat down to eat, we were greeted with bright green olive oil poured onto plates for dipping the artisanal breads that awaited […]

10 Apr

Port Lincoln, South Australia: Record olive harvest expected

The region’s olive trees are bursting with fruit this year, after a low yield in 2007 due to drought. The olive industry is looking up for Eyre Peninsula, with a record amount of olives, according to olive press operator and olive grower Peter Green. Mr Green started harvesting his olives with the mechanical harvester he […]

16 Mar

Australia’s Heatwave shrivels olive crop

As South Australia endures the 15th day of its heatwave, Eyre Peninsula olive growers are battling in the lead up to next month’s harvest. At Lincoln Olive View Estate, production is expected to drop by as much as 10,000 tonnes, with some trees bearing just a few kilos of olives. Grower Kevin Burner says he […]

16 Mar

The humble olive

JAMES HIPKISS writes on the history, varieties and best ways to enjoy olives. Most Malaysians are familiar with olive oil. It is now commonly available in ever increasing varieties in nearly all supermarkets and specialist shops. However, the olive itself is not so commonly used here, and perhaps not so often seen in most Malaysian […]