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Apr. 1, 2020

In Italy, Abandoned Olive Groves Find New Life

Thousands of olive trees in abandoned fields are going to find a new life thanks to an association in central Italy.

Mar. 10, 2020

Native Andalusian Olive Varieties Could Be Wiped Out by 2100, Researchers Warn

Six of seven varieties studied are expected to have less land suitable for their cultivation. Picual is the exception.

Feb. 7, 2020

Italy's Olive Oil Competitiveness Hindered by Aging Groves

With higher costs and lower yields than modern olive oil farms, quality alone may not be enough to protect Italy's smaller producers in a fast-changing international market.

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Jun. 10, 2019

200,000 Olive Farms in Spain Could Vanish in Next Decade, Report Finds

According to a new study, more than 320,000 acres of traditional olive groves are abandoned and 1.2 million acres more could be also lost, equal to one-fifth of the total land area of all Spanish olive groves.

Apr. 23, 2019

In Slovenia, "The Tree Needs to Look Beautiful."

"A vine is like a lover," Miha Jakovcic says. "If you neglect it, even a little, it won’t forgive you. An olive tree, however, is like a mother. You can always come back to her,"

Apr. 10, 2019

Old Ways Endure at Award-Winning Farm in Slovenia

Timor’s six olive groves are small and disperse, each containing just a few dozen trees. The rugged terrain makes it necessary to do everything by hand, which the husband and wife team do well enough to earn the industry's highest award.

Apr. 2, 2019

In Slovenia, Hard Work and Keeping it Simple

Franc Morgan planted his first trees thirty years ago on his farm in Grintovec. Going organic was the plan from the beginning and he became one of the first organic olive oil producers in Slovenia.

Aug. 8, 2018

'Heroic' Olive Cultivation in Italy Still a Struggle, but Fighting Back

Responsible for some of Italy's most characteristic olive oils and landscapes, moves are afoot to promote awareness of the country's heroic olive cultivation.

Aug. 1, 2018

Hillside Groves Between Assisi and Spoleto Get Heritage Status

The territory including the olive groves of the slopes between Assisi and Spoleto was designed as the first Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System in Italy.

Jul. 23, 2018

Harvesting by Hand Leads to Lower Levels of Oxidation, Study Finds

Researchers found that olives harvested by hand and processed with the first 36 hours had lower levels of oxidation.

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Jul. 19, 2018

2nd Olive Picking Championship Set for October

Teams from around the world will compete in the 2nd World Championship in Olive Picking on the Croatian island of Brač.

Feb. 27, 2018

Tunisia: Window on a Traditional Olive World

There are scant funds to assist Tunisia's rural farmers' transition to a more efficient, high-quality production. Some locals say that's just fine with them, while others look to a more prosperous future,

Feb. 12, 2018

In Defense of 'Black Fruity'

The French association Afidol shed light on the misinterpreted taste of "black fruity" oil and the controversy behind the ancestral tradition of controlled fermentation.

Dec. 28, 2017

Award-Winning Producer Credits His Team of 'Harvest Experts'

For two months a team of 150 people harvest the olives at Cortijo Virgen de los Milagros, like their parents and grandparents did. "The mill is only the extractor," says Luis Montabes. "Quality is born in the fields."

Dec. 27, 2017

NY Pizza Maker Revisits His Italian Roots

Salvatore Polizzi took a break from his Bushwick Pizzeria to reconnect with his family's olive farm and revive traditions.

Dec. 12, 2017

Olive Tourism in Jordan

A local tourism company is promoting visits to olive farms in Umm Qais, northern Jordan.

Jun. 29, 2017

An Olive Picking Championship in Croatia

The event aims to gather people from olive-producing regions from around the world to encourage friendship and cooperation.

Apr. 24, 2017

An Afternoon With the Pruning Champion

On a beautiful spring day, we left Rome and drove up to the territory which stretches between the foothills of the Colli Albani and the edge of the Pontine Marshes.

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