18 Mar

UC Davis launches center to nurture emerging olive oil industry

By Laura Kurtzman, After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the University of California, Davis established a research department that led to the flowering of the California wine industry now, it hopes to do the same for olive oil. The challenges to the emerging industry are significant. They include finding economical ways to produce fine […]

13 Mar

UCDAVIS: Olive-Growing Short Course Offers International Perspectives

Olive experts from the United States, Spain and Italy will teach the latest techniques in growing olives for commercial olive-oil production during an April 18-19 public short-course coordinated by the UC Davis Olive Center. The course, to be held in Lodi, will begin Friday, April 18, with an update on olive-oil production in the United […]

12 Mar

Texas olive industry branches out to meet growing demand

The Texas Department of Agriculture reports the Lone Star State’s olive industry is poised for unprecedented growth in 2008, thanks to advances in olive tree production and an increased demand for olive oil. The industry was first established in 1994 with roughly 20,000 trees on four orchards. Today, the number of olive trees has grown […]

29 Feb

Les bons crus de l’huile d’olive

La France importe 90 000 tonnes, soit 95% de sa consommation annuelle d’huile d’olive. Nyons, dans la Drôme, et la Corse du Sud font une fête de la dégustation de l’huile d’olive nouvelle. Mais chaque région a ses traditions, ses terroirs, et aussi ses olives. Dans les Baronnies, la tanche, très savoureuse, a été consacrée […]

29 Feb

Maroc: Olives et cannabis, quand le Rif kiffe l’olive

Pour rompre avec la culture du cannabis, très rentable dans cette vallée déshéritée, des femmes se lancent dans la production de l’huile et le commerce équitable. Avec la bénédiction de Rabat. Enfin la pluie est arrivée. Aussi brutale qu’inespérée. Quand Dieu «met les nuages en morceaux», dit une sourate du Coran, «ses serviteurs se réjouissent». […]