28 Jul

Grower trials unusual frost protector

Spraying olive trees with a natural product from sugar beet has successfully stopped some varieties of olive trees in the South Island being knocked by frosts. Alex Houliston, head of science at Christchurch Girls’ High School, took a year off teaching high school to study the frost problem in his own orchard. Some olive orchards […]

28 Jul

Only John Paul’s Olive Tree Flourishes on Mount

An olive tree on the Mount of Beatitudes blessed by Pope John Paul II is the only one producing olives this year, according to the forester at the site. Catholic Online reports in the Jubilee Year of 2000, Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land stopping at one point to bless […]

28 Jul

Punjab to initiate project on olive cultivation over 300 hectares

The Punjab government is all set to launch olive cultivation over 300 hectares under a ‘pilot project’ to ensure better remunerative returns to the farmers on one hand and towards a dedicated push for diversification of agriculture on the other. Reviewing the prospects of the olive plantation in a meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh […]

28 Jul

Healthy Olives Can Now Be Grown In Salty Water

Varieties of olive trees recently tested by researchers could be cultivated with moderate saline water irrigation. The olive’s reputation as a health food is being borne out by modern science, as studies of olive-consuming Mediterranean peoples have shown. To keep the world’s olive lovers satisfied, an intensive wave of olive planting has occurred in the […]

11 Jul

NZ Olive industry delivers the good oil

By Jacqueline Smith, Jim Syme, president of Olives New Zealand, expects local olive growers will produce around 220,000 litres of olive oil this year, up from 185,000 litres in 2007. A bumper year for New Zealand olive oil has some in the industry predicting it will follow wine as one of our most promising exports. […]