olive varieties

Iran’s Olive Oil Sector Growing Despite Setbacks

Iran had a record-breaking year in terms of its olive oil production. However, poor government planning and corruption are thwarting the sector’s full potential.

Manzanilla, Gordal Olives from Seville Get PGI

Despite some opposition, Manzanilla and Gordal olive varieties from Seville were finally granted a Protected Geographical Indication in Spain.
Special Report

La Rioja Preserves Its Olive Heritage to Improve Production

The Government of La Rioja is engaged in a multi-year effort that pursues the recuperation and preservation of indigenous olive varieties in an effort to develop unique olive oils.

Leucocarpa, the Dazzling White Olive From Magna Graecia

We asked researchers why the Leucocarpa olive variety is completely white throughout its development cycle.
Olive Oil Times Special

Montsagre: Picual Perfection Among the Empeltre

This is Empeltre territory, an area which comprises the Bajo Aragón region, the Ebro valley and the Terra Alta in Tarragona. It is also home to Albert Barrobés and his family's award-winning Picual.

Four-Year Project to Establish Foundation for Galician Olive Oil Sector

By 2021 Galicia expects to complete a four-year R&D project that seeks to establish solid foundations for a Galician olive oil industry based on indigenous olive varieties.
Special Report

Researchers Characterize Two Galician Olive Varieties for the First Time

Research has classified olive varieties from an emerging olive-producing region of Spain. A concurrent study has found the oil from these cultivars can be of value for preventing neurodegenerative diseases.

Monumental Trees of Cyprus Represent Attempt to Create Elite Cultivar

Researchers speculate that early olive growers had grafted native centennial trees with others imported from Greece and Lebanon to selectively breed for desirable traits.