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Making Olive Oil in France the Ancestral Way

Millers in the rural town of Coudoux, France, are perpetuating the ancestral way of producing olive oil to offer a traditional product that tastes the same as it did a century ago.

Giving New Life to Ancient Olive Trees in Spain

Amador Peset, a young man from the village of Traiguera, started recovering millenary olive trees after losing his job as a carpenter during the financial crisis in Spain. “At first, people saw me as if I were crazy," he said.

When Olives Became a Thing in Martinis

When did the olive reach the iconic status as the signature garnish of sophistication and class, the perfect companion to its dirty patron, the Martini? We thought you'd never ask.

Gherib Brahim Wins ‘Marathon of the Olive Trees’

The spirit of the marathon was perfectly portrayed by French Runner Dofosse Gilles who crossed the finish line carrying a leafy olive branch. The crowd erupted into cheers and applause at Gilles' gesture and the symbol of peace.
Special Report

Low Algerian Olive Oil Exports Blamed on ‘Persistent Social Hurdles’

The region of Kabylia produces around nine million liters of olive oil annually but has struggled to export its oil because of deeply-rooted social hurdles.

Chile Celebrates Olives From Azapa

This year, the small, fertile valley achieved its hard-fought geographic indication, On the far northern edge of the Atacama desert, Azapa receives no rain, yet wells fed by the winters in the high plains above provide year-round water.
Olive Oil Times Special

Olive Oil Tours Go From Farm to Bottle

Through the boughs of olive trees, bending under the weight of their fruits, visitors to Spain, Italy, and Croatia can experience the harvest that has kept these nations alive and healthy for generations.

Immortalizing Ancient Olive Trees Through Images

Adoni Dimakos follows the Laconian paths the Medieval geographer Pausanias walked in the 2nd century to capture endangered olive oil trees in images and 'sensitize' local farming populations about their eradication.