Making Olive Oil An Olive Harvest Festival in New Zealand In Martinborough, New Zealand's an olive-themed harvest festival gave guests a tree-to-table experience. Farga Olive Oil: A Gift from Our Ancestors The olive trees of the Farga varietal are trees with an open and robust appearance, that provide generous harvests in good years and blossom early to offer small-medium sized olives. Madrid Seeks the ‘Perfect’ Olive Oil The Spanish capital has carried out tastings in shopping centers throughout the city to determine what locals consider to be best characteristics of extra virgin olive oil , all in a bid to create a new ‘super’ oil. Professional Olive Oil Training the Focus in Portugal Three Universities are joining forces in Portugal to educate participants on quality olive oil production. Sicilian Olive Oil Seeks PGI Certification Regional producers, mills, refiners and bottlers are joining forces to support an application to protect Sicilian olive oil. California Proposes Olive Oil Commission If a bill currently working its way through is successful, California could have a new commission to oversee its olive oil industry. Study Shows Adding Water Decreases Yield and Quality, Even in Non-Irrigated Olives A new study suggested that adding water in the olive oil extraction process actually decreases yield. The Battle Over Kalamata PDO While the olives of the Kalamata variety are widely known, the PDO they carry is a cause of contention among producers in Greece. New World Fails in Push to Raise Campesterol Limit for Olive Oil New World producers have again failed in a bid to raise the limit for campesterol in olive oil, which they say acts as a trade barrier. First Carbon Footprint Calculator for the Olive Industry Spanish technology center Citoliva will present the first software to quantify the carbon footprint in the olive oil making process. Olive Tree Transcriptome Mapping Key to Industry Efficiency Researchers have mapped the transcriptome of the olive tree, a step that is hoped to improve efficiency and reduce cost of olive breeding. Olivapedia: Intensive Groves Intensive and super-intensive olive groves are different to the so-called traditional plantations because of their high plantation density. Scientists Say Zinc-Enriched Table Olives Offer Health Benefits Olives are usually preserved with table salt but scientists have found a way to increase their nutritional value by adding zinc salt. Genetics May Prove Valuable for Greek Olive Oil Producers While the olive oil industry in Greece is shaky, it is time for pioneering thinking and concerted efforts. Prizewinning Cooperative Credits Biodiversity, Early Harvesting for its Fruity Arbequina Olive cultivation amid almond, apple, pear and pine trees helped Oli d’Arbeca win the "sweet green fruity" prize at Fira de l’Oli. © 2013 Olive Oil Times | All Rights Reserved.