07 Nov

Special bottling for Turkish olive oil

By Vahap Munyar, Recent days have witnessed a debate between Turkish olive oil exporters and non-refined olive oil producers regarding imports. Non-refined oil producers oppose the exporters, who want to import cheap Spanish olive oil and export it under their own brand names. Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM) President Oğuz Satıcı tried to reconcile the two […]

08 Oct

Turkish historic olive oil factory ‘reborn’ as museum

A historical building which served as an olive oil factory for 200 years and was later used as camel shelter, a gin factory and woodshed in Muğla’s Milas district will be converted, with the help of the Milas Museum project, into what will be the most modern museum in the Aegean, luring both local and […]

08 Oct

Drought to seal fate of Turkey’s black gold

Drought adversely affected agriculture everywhere around the Mediterranean this year and vegetable production has suffered one of its worst seasons. Livelihood of millions in the Marmara and Aegean regions of Anatolia, olive production has dropped dramatically due to scourging heat. The production of the olive, commonly described as “black gold” in many provinces across Anatolia’s […]

04 Sep

Turkish Olive growers call for increased olive oil consumption

While the rest of the Mediterannean consumes most of the olive oil it produces, olive oil consumption in Turkey is the lowest in the region. Turks consume one kilogram of the oil a year while their neighbors comsume an average of 15. Producers in Ayvalık say it’s time the government inspires Turks to buy and […]

31 Aug

Dipping bread into olive oil with red pepper flakes and thyme is a great tradition in Turkish culinary culture

It is said that there are two trees in Paradise: The fig and olive. The olive is the “Tree of Life.” The olive is no doubt an “immortal tree” that is eternalized in symbols, myths, legends, poems, novels and paintings. It is a symbol of holiness, plenty, justice, health, pride, victory, prosperity, wisdom, intelligence, purity […]