Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
Dec 182011

Every day I read lots of material about the olive, some from books and others from the internet. Each week I share with you the articles, recipes, research documents, and other information I find on the internet. Most of it is very interesting and some of it inspires me to write an article or two of my own. None of these links are in any way my opinion or are endorsed by me. I am sharing.

Olive Links of the Week

Book Review: Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller
Bloomberg Businessweek
An interesting book review.

For Pipes Canyon remodelers, a high desert holiday
Los Angeles Times
A Pipes Canyon shack remodeled into a lovely pueblo-style home with a desert-lush garden which includes olive trees.

Corning installs way-finding signs
Red Bluff Daily News
Corning, California in Tehama County adds lots of olive specific signage for tourists. The idea was first proposed by Dewey Lucero of Lucero Olive Oil. He and other locals want Corning to become the Napa of the California Olive and Olive Oil Industries.

Festival to highlight Texas olive oil industry
The Monitor
Too bad this festival already happened, but it’s good to keep up with olive related activities around the world. There’s always next year.

Plenty of Peppers, Pickles and Oils
The New York Times
Mouth watering goodies for sale at three Long Island specialty food stores: Pepperheads, Pickle Packin’ Papa, and the Crushed Olive.

Peaches, peanuts, olive oil? Farmers enjoy fruits of Georgia’s 1st olive crop since the 1800s
The Washington Post
Georgia’s first harvest in hundreds of years yields 500 375ml bottles of olive oil. I hope the Shaws’ investment pays off for them and consumers who want fresh, local olive oil.

Fogassin with extra-virgin olive oil
Turrio Olive Oil
Make this hardy Italian cake.

The Núñez de Prado Obession with Perfection
The Olive Oil Times
A trip to Baena Spain and an interview with Felipe Núñez de Prado about his family’s 216 year old olive oil business.

LLG Food: Elanthy Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Liberty London Girl blog
An English fashion writer living in Manhattan shops for Christmas gifts and chooses Greek olive oil.

Happy sustainable Christmas
The Mercury
I like articles about what folks are doing in the “sustainable” world even though I am not yet a practicing sustainer. Maybe one day.

French Consumer Magazine Compares Olive Oils, Finds Local Ones Better
The Olive Oil Times
If you can read French, and I can, using a rusty combo of school, business, and military learning, then make sure to click on the grey link at the bottom of the article entitled “Sources: Que Choisir Test Results”. At the Que Choisir website you can see  some free parts of the study broken down in sections. The whole thing – you gotta pay for.

Losing ‘Virginity’: Olive Oil’s ‘Scandalous’ Fraud
National Public Radio
Terry Gross interviews Tom Mueller, author of “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil”. For those of us who are auditory learners make sure to click on the “Listen to the Story” button.

Alternatively Speaking: The other ‘miracles’ of oil
The Jerusalem Post
Oily alternative cures.

Olive oil brands using new variants to drive volumes
Financial Chronicle
More on the olive oil blending in India. If it’s correctly labelled and no one is getting fooled by nonsense promises then so what.

Study of Greek Olive Oil Sector Urges Producers to ‘Standardize’
The Olive Oil Times
A suggested fix for Greek olive oil sector.

Holiday Baking with EVOO: Rosemary-Lemon Glazed Bundt Cake
We Olive

Can You Trust Your Olive Oil?
The article mentions the America’s Test Kitchen recommendations for off-the-shelf evoo. Having watched the program often I know that they probably selected the test olive oils from a bunch of not-so-hot choices. The tasting is very subjective and the tasters are not sensory specialists. With any living food each batch is different – sometimes slightly, sometimes hugely. The Colavita evoo you bought or tested last year is not the Colavita evoo you bought or tested today.

Olive Odyssey Completed!!
Angus Adventures blog
A little about olive tree DNA and other olive subjects.

Tapping the potential of homegrown olives
Stuff NZ
New Zealand olive oil producers have a local marketing problem.

Global Olive Oil Consumption Forecast to Climb, Led by U.S., China, Brazil
The Olive Oil Times
US leads in consumption of olive oil. I know I do my share.

Pompeian Olive Oil
Quality Assurance & Food Safety Magazine
Here is an enlightened quote from Pompeian President Frank Patton, “It’s difficult to adulterate an olive.” Now I know why Pompeian tastes like crap. I think it’s really funny that this quote is in a magazine that deals solely with food safety and quality assurance in the food industry.

Getting off the slippery slope in Spain
The Olive Press (Spanish English language website)
Andalucia has a huge erosion problem. Too many people, poor cultivation, and little ground cover can have disasterous results. This happens all the time and no one ever learns.

Jewish Extremists a Growing Israeli Concern
I’m just going to stop commenting on this stuff.

Market Watch: Olive oil, from the hills of Topanga
Los Angeles Times
Check out Robinson Road Olive Ranch website.

Olives make for perfect nibbles
Nibble – nibble.

Conversation grows 
about Georgia olives
Atlanta Journal and Constitution
The latest on olives and olive oil in Georgia.

May the sun shine through your branches.


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