Daily Archives: May 11, 2013

  • Olive Oil Times

    For thousands of years liquid gold has been produced, traded, and cherished, but much of the world is only now becoming acquainted with olive oil as an integral part of a healthier way of life.
    With global production approaching 3 million tons, olive oil making is branching out beyond the traditional places, and investments are pouring into new olive oil operations just about anywhere in the world olives can grow.

    New World techniques of high-density farming and mechanical harvesting mark an industry revolution, while the traditional methods and old farms maintain their relevancy to consumers increasingly educated in the complexity and endless varieties of premium olive oil.

    The story extends from the Himalayan foothills to the low plains of Argentina; the mangled roots of ancient groves to the neat rows of modern farms; production so small it doesn’t extend beyond family members to those so large as to fill hulls of giant tankers steaming across oceans.

    Behind every bottle at the farmers market or the discount chain there are people dedicated to their own approach to an ancient craft. It’s hard to imagine a more disparate group than producers of olive oil today, except for the commitment they must share to succeed in this field.

    The time to welcome olive oil into our lives has arrived. In places with such unique cuisines as India, Mexico and China, governments faced with the high costs of health problems associated with the use of saturated fats are urging the use of olive oil.

    All of this creates a fascinating subject rife with contrasting angles, conflict and humanity. At the same time, consumers are more than ever taking the time to learn about food; where it comes from, how it’s made and handled, and its effect on our health.

    Olive Oil Times is the most-read source of news, reviews and analysis on this fascinating subject. Our growing staff of expert contributors in every olive oil producing region provide timely information for consumers, industry professionals and olive oil enthusiasts.

    And we’re just getting started. Just like this ever-evolving subject, we’ll never stop looking for new stories and innovative ways to share them.

    Thanks for reading.

    Curtis M. Cord, Executive Editor

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  • iTQi Awards Greek Olive Oil

    In May 2013 the International Taste & Quality Institute – iTQi has Awarded three Greek Olive Oil Producers Products with golden stars Awards:

    Company: Karpea S.A. Premium Quality Foods
    Product Name: KARPEA 0.3 Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Award: 3 golden stars

    Company: Minerva Enterprises
    Product Name: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chorio Sustainable
    Award: 2 golden stars

    Company: Olympia-Xenia A. S.A.
    Product Name: XENIA extra virgin oliveoil
    Award: 3 golden stars

    The International Taste & Quality Institute – iTQi

    iTQi is the leading independent Chef- and Sommelier- based organisation dedicated to testing and promoting superior tasting food and drink from around the world.

    Judges are selected within the 14 most prestigious European culinary and sommeliers associations such as the Maîtres Cuisiniers of France and Belgium, Academy of Culinary Arts, Hellenic Chefs’ Association, Académie Culinaire of France, Verband der Köche Deutschlands, Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe, the Federación de Asociaciones de Cocineros of Spain, Federerazione dei Cuochi Italiana, Portuguese Chefs Association, Årets Kock of Sweden, Euro-Toques and the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI).

    The Superior Taste Award is a unique international recognition based upon the blind judgment of Chefs and Sommeliers who are opinion leaders and experts in taste. It offers powerful marketing tools to differentiate food products and beverages:

    Detailed results of the tastings with comments and suggestions made by the judges
    A convincing and independent argument for business negotiations (B2B)
    A clearly differentiating message against competition (B2C)
    International media coverage of the Awards

    Hundreds of small and large companies from more than 100 countries already benefit from the Superior Taste Award.

    iTQi tests Olive Oil products in the following categories.
    If your product is organic/bio, please mention it on the online Entry Form.
    Only processed products (with exceptions) are eligible for evaluation.
    1.1.19 Extra virgin olive oil
    1.1.19.1 Extra virgin olive oil – Intense
    1.1.19.2 Extra virgin olive oil – Medium
    1.1.19.3 Extra virgin olive oil – Mild
    1.1.19.4 Flavoured olive oil with herb, Spice
    1.1.19.5 Other olive oil

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    In May 2013 the International Taste & Quality Institute – iTQi has Awarded three Greek Olive Oil Producers Products with golden stars Awards: Company: Karpea S.A. Premium Quality Foods Product Name: KARPEA 0.3 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Award: 3 golden stars Company: Minerva... 
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  • Greek Olive Varieties

    In Greece there are several varieties of olive fruits. Among others, the most popular and most common are Ladolia, Manaki, Koroneiki, Athinolia (Tsounati) etc. During the stages of maturity, olive fruit changes colour from green to violet and then black.
    Olive Oil taste characteristics depend on which stage of ripeness olive fruits are been collected. Olive Oil coming from green to violet olive fruits contains large amounts of phenolic and aromatic compounds and has intensive fruity and herbal taste (Koroneiki and Athinolia variety).
    On the other hand, as the fruit becomes riper the amounts of phenolic and aromatic compounds are getting lower. The taste of olive oil that comes from violet to black fruits is softer and its aroma reminds ripe fruits like apple, tomatoes and sometimes almonds (Ladolia and Manaki variety).

    20130511-183511.jpgKoroneiki
    This is the most popular variety in Greece. The 60% of the total Greek production is Koroneiki. It has a small size and matures relatively from early October to December. Its weight is from 0.3 to 1.0 grams and its length from 12 to 15 millimeters. Although the fact that Koroneiki tree needs minor attention and can stand low temperature during the winter, it gives the finest olive oil comparing to other varieties.

    20130511-183531.jpgAthinolia
    This variety matures slowly and its collection is from end of December till beginning of January. Its fruit has medium size with an oval shape. Its weight is from 2.2 till 2.9 grams, and its length can vary from 7.5 to 25 millimeters. Olive oil from Athinolia is of excellent quality with a rather low viscosity.

    20130511-183622.jpgLadolia (Tsounati)
    It is a variety which gives flowers from end of April till end of May. Its fruits mature end of October till end of November. The size of the fruit is rather small with dimensions of 10 to 16 millimeters and it has an average weight of 1.2 grams.

    20130511-183633.jpgKalamon
    This variety is of medium hardiness. The fruit mature ripens between December and January. it is harvested when it has undergone full colour change. It has enlongated and assymetric shape where its weight is quite high. It is moderately ressistant to cold and sensitive to excessivety hot climates. It is the most famous table olive around the world.

    20130511-183640.jpgAmphissis
    This variety is of medium hardiness and it has a medium rooting ability. Mature and harvest date depends on the end use of the fruit. It has an ovoid shape. Due to the fact that it has a medium content of good quality olive oil it is mostly used as table oil or olive spread. It is ressistant to cold and olive knot whereas it is sensitive to vertieillium wilt and moderately sensitive to dry climates.

    20130511-183647.jpgChalkidikis
    This variety is aslo of medium hardiness as Kalamon. The fruit mature early and its harvest is being done durinf November and December. This olive fruit doesn’t turn complety black when it reaches maturity. It has an elongated and assymetric shape where its weight is quite high. It is ressistant to drought and cold.

    20130511-183658.jpgManaki
    This variety also matures slowly and the best time for harvesting is from end of January till beginning of February. The fruit has average dimensions with an oval shape. Its weight varies from 2.2 to 2.9 grams. What characterizes Manaki tree is that it can resist to high altitudes, where other varieties, except Athinolia, cannot thrive.

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    Some numbers concerning Greek Extra Virgin Olive:

    Greeks are among the largest producers and consumers of olive-relate products.

    There are 170.000.000 olive trees in Greece or to put things in perspective, 15 olive trees for every Greek citizen. There are hundreds of olive trees exceeding 100 years and several exceeding 1000 years.

    Greek average annual olive oil production is 460 thousand metric tons. Greek average annual edible olive production is 100 thousand metric tons.

    75% of the Greek olive oil is extra virgin, the best category for olive oils.

    Greece is the largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in the world.

    There are 2.500 oil mills spread around the country. A key to Extra Virgin Olive Oil quality, in other words no olive is left longer than 2-4 days until is pressed.

    Greece is the third largest world producer of edible olives and olive oil with a 16% share of the olive oil market and a 7.2% share of the edible olive market.

    Greeks possess the largest per capita consumption of olive oil in the world, with the average Greek consuming more than 20 kilos of olive oil every year. That’s almost twice as much as the second in rank country with 11 kilos of per capita consumption per year.

    Out of 521,000 families, 269.000 (51,6%) families depend on olive production as primary or secondary source of income.

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