23 Nov

Processing Olive Oil in Italy

Here you can actually see every step in the process, Beginning with the giant stone wheels crushing the olives. Next the olive paste is spread onto mats which are stacked up then squeezed together, forcing out the oil. A centrifuge then separates the water from the oil, it’s that simple! [Source] Click here

20 Nov

Harvesting Olive Oil in Tuscany

By Courtney Walsh, Italians live longer than most people. They also consume huge amounts of olive oil — a staple of the Mediterranean diet. Most Italians are convinced that the two are related. Indeed the ancient Romans so revered olive oil they once used it for currency. Nowadays Italian olive oil is sold throughout the […]

12 Nov

Pakistan on long road to olive farming

By Bronwyn Curran, In the dry hills of Pakistan’s violence-racked frontier with Afghanistan, an olive branch is being extended from Italy to tribesmen under fire from both US drones and Taliban fighters. Rome is in the early throes of an ambitious project to convert Pakistan’s barren wild olive groves into fruit-bearers, establish new olive plantations […]

27 Oct

Olive Oil Cops – Italian police can taste fake olive oil

Twenty members of the Italian NAS food piracy unit have graduated from a special course laid on by the Italian National Olive Oil Association Unaprol. Police said the group graduated from a course taught by the National Olive Oil Association Unaprol that included instruction on how to taste fake extra-virgin olive oil and how to […]

19 Jun

Piantatella – Extravirgin Olive Oil