Nov 062011

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

Artisans: The flavours of Italy in our backyard
New Zealand Herald
The Chinnerys of Mangawhai, NZ are featured along with their award winning Divinity extra virgin olive oil.

Thurman: Specialty food scene gets a shot of spice
Argus Leader
Sandra Reynolds opens the Olive Destination in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Aussie Standard Wrapped, Paul Miller Pitches New World Olive Oil Quality ‘Alliance’
The Olive Oil Times
Paul Miller of the Australian Olive Association is featured.

Gong for Cradle Coast Olives
Weekly Times Now
Tasmania’s Cradle Coast Olives wins Australian Olive Association competition, Best in Show.

Recipe: Carrots, vinegar, evoo, honey & cumin
Cookteaser Blog
This is an adaptation of a Mario Batali recipe.

“Franken-Lime” Persian Lime EVOO Cupcakes & Your Chance To Win!
Devo Olive Oil Co.
Ignore the Halloween stuff, I like this recipe.

“The Crushed Olive” Opens in Stony Brook Village
News LI
Stony Brook on Long Island is host to the newly opened The Crushed Olive.

Phoenix chef honors locally produced food
AZ Central
Chef Dustin Christofolo is a disciple of the farm to table movement.

Gruppo Pieralisi Powers World’s Largest Olive Oil Mill in Jaén
The Olive Oil Times
This is one huge mill. I also like this article because I can’t resist the usual cast of crusty old European men, who if it weren’t for the cigars and grappa would look their ages – 38. The Padres are there too. Amen.

Harvest Festivals Part 1 | Three Picks From the Season of Plenty
Just Luxe Affluent Lifestyle Guide
Three upcoming harvest festivals. I think the non-luxe crowd is invited too.

Record entries to gourmet oil competition
New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition just completed it’s eighth competition.

California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cooking with Amy Blog
Amy visit the California Olive Ranch.

Bumper olive crop expected in Syria
All Headline News
Syria’s bumper crop of olives may be hampered by ongoing unrest and the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Milk wars claim first casualty
Sydney Morning Herald
Price wars are coming for many products, olive oil included.

‘No room to cut olive oil prices’
Ynet News
Taxes, subsidies, and price wars in Israel. It’s everywhere folks.

Love Me Tender: Church View’s new range of English Angus Beef
The British food bandwagon – it’s all about rapeseed now, not olive oil.

Olive oil exports up in Almeria
Euro Weekly News
And where is this olive oil headed – to Switzerland.

Olive war pits settlers against farmers
The Montreal Gazette
The UN says 7,500 trees have been damaged so far this year in Palestine.

Olive yield down but farmers look to next year’s harvest
The Daily Star Lebanon
Two week harvesting delay caused up to 50% decrease in crop yield some Lebanese farmers say.

Master Gardener: Olive fruit fly can decimate an olive crop
Mercury News
This is no doubt a question from a non-farmer. This worries me since the olive fruit fly moves fast and will destroy California olive crops. It is incredibly expensive to treat non-commercial trees.

A Perspective on Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Premium Quality: California olive oils
A report from Liliana Scarafia at Agbiolab. Very interesting.

May the sun shine through your branches.

Oct 302011

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

Savoring Tuscany
EVOO Cannon Beach
A segment from Oregon’s EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School’s blog by Bob Neroni. Bob and partner, Lenore Emery, have an interesting website and I enjoy Bob’s blog.

Olive Oil Industry Groups Reject Proposals for CAP Reform
The Olive Oil Times
Out of this article the following statement is what interested me most, maybe it’s because I’m a lobbyist. “Andalusia’s Minister for Agriculture and Fishing, Clara Aguilera, announced last week she hoped to form a lobby group of the main EU olive oil producers – France, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Spain – to jointly defend the sector’s interests.”

Israel gifts pope with olive tree
JTA news service
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving a 200 year old olive tree to Pope Benedict XVI. I wonder where he will plant it.

My Three Favorite Appetizers, I Think
6th Floor Blogs from the NY Times
All good things go with olive oil.

California Olive Oil: The New Gold Rush?
Neon Tommy
Another spin on California olive oils vs. European.

Farm-fresh chicken without the hassle, mess of DIY (Chili Rubbed Chicken Recipe)
This recipe has a delicious south-west flavor.

Grapevine: More than just an olive branch
The Jerusalem Post
This article has the answer to where the Pope is going to put his new old olive tree.

Olive industry attacks Coles and Woolworths over labelling
ABC Rural News (Australia)
Naughty – naughty, Coles and Woolworths aren’t following new Australian olive oil labelling rules.

U.S. Customs finds olive fruit flies in San Diego
North County Times
California olive crop is again battling olive fruit fly. A Lebanese traveller was caught by US Customs with olives infested with the fly.

Test kitchen bonus: A trio of flavorful stone crab recipes
The Orlando Sentinel
Some great crab recipes from the Sentinel’s Test Kitchen.

Cookbook: Olive Oil for Life
Santa Barbara Independent
Global Gardens Owner, Theo Stephan, Releases New Cookbook.

End of the road for Colavita/Forno D’Asolo
Pro Cycling News
Colavita has pulled it’s support for the US International Cycling Union (UCI) Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Women’s Professional Cycling Team. Why the women’s team? Colavita allegedly lost supplier support for the venture. The rest of the “why” I don’t know.

Egg for beauty
Arab Times
An easy and great feeling egg and olive oil facial treatment. It really does work.

Sweet on olive oil? Bake cakes with this healthy ingredient
Four delicious recipes are in this article: Chocolate olive cupcakes, berry compote, lemon olive oil cake, and orange olive oil cake.

Oliana Premium Olive Oils and Vinegars
A website from a store in West Hollywood, California that I thought might be interesting to peruse.

Flos Olei Guide Awards Sicily’s Titone Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the Year
The Olive Oil Times
Azienda Agricola Biologica Titone was awarded Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the Year. Founded in 1936, the Titone family’s farm in Sicily grows Cerasuola, Nocellara del Belice and Biancolilla cultivars on 4,900 trees to produce about 4,000 liters of organic extra virgin.

Restaurant review: Al Cavaliere in Clifton, New Jersey
Hot bread and extra virgin olive oil for starters – yum.

The Sydney Morning Herald Traveller section
Descriptions of some really nice places to get away.

Gino Venitucci knows how to make money in growing olive trees
Dayton section of Your Houston News
Mr. Venitucci is an optimist despite the plight of the farmer.

The Chef’s Olive Mix will bring quality olive oil to Sacramento, owner says
Sacramento Press
Fresh olive oils are coming for you to taste and buy in old Sacramento.

May the sun shine through your branches.

Oct 172011

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

Olive crop down this year, and pest rebounds
Olive fruit fly is back in disaster-ridden northern California.

Americans have much to learn about olive oil
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
California olive oil expert, Paul Vossen, says “Many of the familiar supermarket olive oils are poor quality. Most have been sitting far too long and are fermented or rancid.”

College Recognizes Olive Center’s Dan Flynn with Award of Distinction
The Olive Oil Times
UC Davis Olive Center Executive Director, Dan Flynn, is recognized for his service.

Government to form higher council for olive oil sector
The Jordan Times
Jordanian government to set up a higher council to regulate the Kingdom’s olive oil sector.

Rosemary Mint Chicken
Fox 10 TV’s Studio Ten
A delicious recipe from Vic and Ike’s in Pensacola, Florida.

Spain is “Exporting the Wrong Image”
The Olive Oil Times
A major Spanish olive oil exporter speaks out.

Announcing Olive Oil Tasting Graphs on Our Website
The Olive Press
Check out the Ascolano olive oil tasting graph – interesting and useful.

Farmers harvest olives as wall cuts through village
Ma’an News Agency
An update on the weekly sadness that is the West Bank.

Fine dining in the wilds of Alberta
The Sydney Morning Herald
How about an Arctic Char Poached in EVOO and Chardonnay?

Get adventurous with vegies
Newcastle Herald
It’s spring on the plantery southside and it’s time to eat some early vegies with extra virgin olive oil of course.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Something to Remember
Real Age
Extra virgin olive oil may, May, MAY help with memory and Alzheimer’s disease – emphasize the may. It still tastes good and is good for you.

Olive Research Farm
The News
Legal wranglings in Pakistan over olive research farm property.

In Search of Good Food | Savor the craft of fine olive oil with Oliva Bella
Courier Journal
Go olive oil tasting in Louisville, Kentucky.

Adara Teases Montclair With Molecular Gastronomy
I am mostly interested in the evoo foam. I want to know how they make it and what does it taste like.

Got Olive Oil, Honey, and Sugar? Then You Have a Great Scrub
Bella Sugar
For all of us on the topside of the planet, winter is coming and so is dry skin. Give it some sugar.

Namibia: Maltahöhe Has Big Tourism Plans
All Africa
Maltahöhe Village Council wants to acquire Daweb Farm and start a tourist attraction complete with working olive farm for the purpose of making olive oil.

Guilt-Free Tailgating: Creta Farms™ Introduces Line of ‘Better For You’ Sausages
PR Newswire
Sausages that have replaced the animal fat with evoo.

Chilled Tomato Basil Soup
Chef Woody
I don’t care if there is a chill in the air, I love chilled soups anytime of year.

How to Maximize the Health Benefits of Olive Oil
More advice on how to treat your olive oil.

Let’s eat: Making spiedino di mare
CBS Wink News Now
Di mare and olive oil – a great combination.

Homemade Deliciousness at the Greek International Market
West Roxbury Patch
Visit the Greek International Market in West Roxbury, Massachusetts for some Greek olive oil and other treats.

May the sun shine through your branches.

Sep 112011

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

Here is another viewpoint on US immigration reform from Deseret News in Salt Lake City, UT “Immigration reform is imperative to a vibrant economic future“. The article specifically discusses the agriculture industry.

Nothing like a pie contest, to make a mouth water. Here is an article from Maryland’s Gazette. net entitled “Competitors taste sweet – and savory – victory at Bethesda pie contest“. One of the savory pies was olive, tomato and goat cheese.

Health myths and fallacies” by Dr. Philip S. Chua in the Philippines Inquirer News. True and false questions answered. Are all fats bad? Should babies wear sunglasses? Interesting.

Another “nut” story – “Cobnuts enjoying revival as new vitamin-packed health food“. The article is complete with more oil smoke-point discussion. I’ve stopped paying attention to “lay person” or chef comments on smoke point. They are usually way off base. Check with a scientist or just experiment yourself.

From Lawrence, Kansas 6 News “Recipe: Pasta with Broccoli and Grilled Chicken with Tomato Cream Sauce”. The picture made even my eyes hungry.

Case of the missing article about the return of the olive fruit fly to California. Here is the information I got from Google Alerts with a link to UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Bill Krueger’s, comments about the olive fruit fly. It is incomplete but I can’t find any other information about an increase in olive fruit flies this year in California – curious. Here is the blurb I copied from Google: “Olive fruit fly back, threatens crops“, Orland Press Register. There are considerably more olive fruit flies this year than at this time last year, said Bill Krueger, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor for Tehama and Glenn counties. “When it comes to the olive fruit fly we really don’t understand everything we …

Martha Stewart sets her sights on Israel” article from USA Today. That crazy gal is always up to somethin’.

Chicago Sun Times recipe for “Crab and Heirloom Tomato Salad“. Yummy.

Here is an article I find ironic considering Israel is always having a go at Palestinian olive groves, “Belgium PM Plants Tree in Grove of the Nations” (yes this tree was planted in Israel).

From Media Club South Africa “SA olive oil is the best, study shows“. The study was an International Olive Council study.

Aioli easy, so spread word” from the Orange County Register. I love aioli. This recipe makes it in the blender.

From The Huffington Post “The Healing Power Of Olive Oil“. Lots of great ideas.

May the sun shine through your branches.

Jul 302011

Now is the time for the gross stuff – critters. Critters of the animal, insect, fungus, bacteria, and heavens know what other kind, variety. I wouldn’t be a good steward of the olive industry if I didn’t mention them.

Agriculture is fraught with peril. Not enough rain, too much rain, and in the case of the olive tree too much standing water. Olive tree roots hate to stay wet. Not enough sun, not enough cold, or too much cold and the bark will crack, weakening the olive tree. Like all other plants olive trees have environmental susceptibilities. But then, there are the pests and diseases too.

I know the environmental part is very important, but whenever someone asks me where they can get an olive tree for their yard, I can’t help but share cautionary tales about the pest and disease perils that their sweet little tree can potentially visit upon the existing and fledgling U.S. olive industry. I let them know it is their duty to their local growers and those who want to eat local produce not to have their own tree. What a worry wart, you say? You bet.

Let me explain. Joe, my brother, lives in Florida. He planted an olive tree next to his pool. Nice. Florida is an agriculture state that has laws in place to deal with commercial crop and non-commercial infestations. Florida is authorized to treat not only commercial crop infestations but non-commercial too, so long as the commercial crop is jeopardized. If olive fruit fly were to alight in Florida, Joe’s tree can be sprayed along with the commercial crops in his state. I live in a state just next door with different laws. Good luck getting on Granny’s property to treat her tree. Therefore, I worry. Georgia has a fledgling olive industry that I don’t want to see die out prematurely or affect the one we have – in California.

Today our featured pest is the olive fruit fly, bactrocera oleae. The olive fruit fly is the most serious threat to the U.S. olive industry to date, and in the U.S. it has no known predators or parasites. Now that the U.S. olive industry is expanding into other states, each with different laws, the olive fruit fly is an important insect to get to know.

In 1998, the olive fruit fly was discovered in southern California. Exactly how it arrived is not certain, speculation is that it was brought from France. By 2002, the southern California visitors had travelled the state and were everywhere. For such a tiny little fly, that was some fast moving. California’s olive industry was in peril, and as we know today, some folks in the industry did not survive.

When the olive fruit fly invaded, it was a good crop year, and eradication was a problem. California has a significant number of trees on private lands and in roadways. Those trees acted as “reservoirs for reinvasion into treated orchards” (Collier, T.R. & Van Steenwyk, R.A. (2003) see below for link to article).

The olive fruit fly is common in the Mediterranean region and in the Mediterranean it has natural parasitic foes. We do not have them in the U.S., however, there are studies being conducted into parasitic alternatives, like a Pakistani olive fruit fly known as psyttalia ponerophaga.

In the mean time, the olive fruit fly is under control in California. Research is still underway for ways to effectively eradicate an infestation or keep one from happening at all.

Here are links to two documents regarding the olive fruit fly. The first is “Olive Fruit Fly” by Paul Vossen, Lucia G. Varela, and Alexandra Devarenne. The second is a research article entitled “Prospects for integrated control of olive fruit fly are promising in California” by Timothy R. Collier and Robert A. Van Steenwyk.

May the sun shine through your branches.