20 Aug

Olive oil offerings

By Peta Mathias, The olive oils you see in the supermarket vary in quality. Some are exceptional value for money but you really just have to buy and taste them to find (a) the best and (b) the one you like. You cannot tell what an oil is like by its colour – it gives […]

16 Aug

California Olive Oil Council promotes seal

• Says it guarantees extra virgin olive oil authenticity • Antidote to the trade in adulterated olive oil The California Olive Oil Council has launched a promotional campaign for its seal of certification for extra virgin olive oil following publication of a report laying out the problem of adulterated imported olive oil. The report, “Letter […]

07 Aug

Olive oil facts

All olive oils have 14 grams of fat per tablespoon. Spain is the world’s largest producer of olive oil. Extra-virgin olive oil, the highest class of olive oils, is from the first pressing of the olive. It never comes into contact with chemicals or heat and is less than 1 percent acid. It has the […]

06 Aug

Crispy baked green olives

Photography by Steve Brown, Recipe by Dixie Elliott, Ingredients: 3/4 cup tasty cheese, grated * 100g butter, softened 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes 24 large semi-dried, tomato-stuffed green olives olive oil spray Method: Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine cheese, […]

01 Aug

Once a luxury, now the zesty olive is indispensable

By Judy Schultz, Photo by Chris Schwarz, When I was little, olives were reserved for special occasions. Only New Year’s Eve and visiting priests rated stuffed olives, the queen of all pickles. The advent of Kraft Theatre on television moved olives down a notch or two on the specialness scale. Suddenly, everybody’s mom was using […]