21 May

Shaking up the olive harvest

For thousands of years, olives have proved a difficult and labour-intensive crop to harvest, but a Moutere grower thought there has to be a better way. Anne Hardie visits a grower who has a knack for inventions. Harvesting olives can be a labour-intensive process that has been just about begging for a bit of Kiwi […]

14 May

The good oil on a top Australian’s crop

By Michelle Fenech, It’s harvest season for olive growers in Wollondilly with Danny and Aydin Fahri having more than 20 tonnes to crop. Mr Fahri said he was getting good quality olives this year after recent rainfall in the shire. “Usually my trees don’t look so healthy,” he said. “And I’ve never had a full […]

03 May

Cyprus: Allergy epidemic from fruitful olive trees

By Leo Leonidou, One in three children in Cyprus and the EU suffer from some form of allergy, with the condition rife at this time of year on the island due to an increase in olive pollen. “Olive trees are this year producing more blossom, meaning pollen levels are higher than in the previous few […]

01 May

Olive oil output falls for first time in West Australia

By Suellen Jerrard, Olive oil production in West Australia is expected to slow this year for the first time since the fledgling industry got off the ground about a decade ago. Falls in production around the State are being attributed to the tendency for olive trees to fruit to their full potential only every second […]

28 Apr

Olive trees in Florida? You bet

Text/photos by Kathy Edenhofer (Master gardener), If you are looking for a unique item for your landscape, here is something that might peak your interest. Tucked away in Citra is a little jewel of a tree farm owned and operated by Tony and Shirley Valenza. At the Olive Branch Tree Farm they grow and sell […]