Daily Archives: July 28, 2013

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    Turkish Olive Oil Industry & Turkey's Olive Oil Export in numbers

    Turkish Olive Oil Industry is the second largest olive cultivator in the world and is also is among the top five countries in olive oil production. Turkey is one of the producing countries that have embarked on an aggressive marketing campaign in the Asian region for the promotion of its unique olive oil.

    170 million olive trees,
    220.000 metric tons olive oil production in “on years”
    450.000 metric tons table olive production in “on years”
    400.000 Turkish families work in olive and olive oil production
    More than 500 continuous olive oil extraction mills

    Sufficient refinery and retail packing plants using the most modern Technologies,
    State and private laboratories for the quality controls, which assure consistency with the international standards

    Table olives exports: 72 thousand metric tons per annum
    Olive oil exports: 20 thousand metric tons per annum (in “on” years)
    Today, Turkey exports olive oil to the more than 90 countries such as USA, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, U.A.E. and very few countries are left that have not experienced the excellent taste and fragrance of Turkish olive oil.

    Edible olives are exported to 65 countries on average, including pre-eminently Romania, Bulgaria, USA, Germany, Iraq.

    TURKEY, UPWARD TREND IN THE PRICE OF OLIVES

    The decreased production of olives in the Mediterranean Countries in 2013 will bring benefits to producers in Turkey, according to the Chamber of Agriculture of Aydin, an important area for the production of olives near Izmir.

    Turkish producers are relieved considering that the season started badly. Prices were so low, below the production costs, that growers had decided to avoid to pick the olives.

    However, the price has significantly increased, almost 40% at the moment, and is estimated to continue or even grow more in the coming months.

    It should be noted that in the last five years the Turkish producers of olives and olive oil have gone through a difficult period.

    Turkey’s Olive Oil Export according IOC

    Article sources:
    International Olive Oil Consul
    Turkey Promotional Committee for Olive and Olive Oil
    yeniasir.com.tr

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  • Recipe: Banana Bread with Chocolate and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    INGREDIENTS

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    3/4 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup chopped dark chocolate
    1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    3 ripe bananas mashed,
    1/4 cup plain yogurt
    1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
    1 tsp vanilla extract

    DIRECTIONS

    Preheat the oven to 175ºC and grease a loaf pan (23 x 13 cm). In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, salt and the chocolate pieces. In a separate bowl combine the olive oil, eggs, mashed banana, yogurt, zest, and vanilla. Connect the mixtures from both bowls. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, until golden brown.

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    INGREDIENTS 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chopped dark chocolate 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 3 ripe bananas mashed, 1/4 cup plain yogurt 1 tsp freshly grated lemon... 
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  • Dry Creek Olive Company Named 2013 Best of Show

    The Sonoma County Harvest Fair announced the 2013 olive oil winners, today, and Dry Creek Olive Company walked away with “Best of Show” honors for 2013. This year’s event has shifted focus slightly to honor Sonoma County’s “world-class agricultural quality.”

    Every year the Sonoma County Harvest Fair invites members of the gustatory community to enter the Professional Food and Wine Competition. The June judging of the olive oil competition was done by a “panel of tasting experts.” Forty-six olive oils were entered in the contest with 15 Double Gold medals, 9 Gold medals and 18 Silver medals awarded.

    Dry Creek Olive Company won Best of Show for the second year. They won more medals than any other participant, including four double gold medals and a total of ten medals. The winning Mediterranean Blend oil combines Italy’s Coratina and Tuscan olive, Greece’s Kalamata olive and Spain’s Sevillano olive.

    The harvest fair’s two divisions include California grown and custom blended by a Sonoma County processor or made with Sonoma County grown olives, and designated so on the label. California-grown oils include three flavor categories: Citrus, Herb and Other. Sonoma County grown oils also have three classes: delicate, medium and robust.

    Healdsburg 2013 Double Gold Winners are in the Sonoma County Grown Olive Oil category, medium flavor: Deergnaw Olive Oil and Ferrari–Carano Vineyards and Winery. In the robust category, Dry Creek Olive Company, Mediterranean Blend

    In the other classification, California Grown Olive Oil, Healdsburg winners include, in the light division, Dry Creek Olive Company’s Three Orchards Blend and in the robust division, Dry Creek Olive Company’s Frutteto. In the California Grown flavored olive oil category, the medal winner from Healdsburg is Dry Creek Olive Company’s Mojito Lime

    The Sonoma County Harvest Fair will be held October 4 – 6 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Admission to the harvest fair is free and will include entrance to the marketplace, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, education presentations and the “World Championship Grape Stomp.” Tickets to the Tasting Pavilion are $50 per person; or $90 for two (pre-sale only).

    For a complete list of winning olive oils and producers, click harvestfair

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  • From economy to health – All the benefits of a good olive oil

    If you think you have to travel to Italy to find the best olive oil, here’s the good news: America is currently placing on the market some excellent products. Though Italy is home to some of the most renowned oils, the rest of the world is learning fast. Will this affect Italy’s production?

    Apparently not, because each oil is different, depending on soil, climate and manufacture. So you have more good varieties to choose from, but you won’t find an olive oil which tastes just like another one.

    How do we know? We have visited the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, held in Pomona every year since 2000. This is currently one of the premier olive oil competitions in the world, bringing together the highest standards of professionalism in awarding the best oils from around the globe.

    640 oils from Argentina, Australia, Chile, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States were received this year.

    Products are judged basing on their origin (domestic and international) and on their fruitiness intensity levels (delicate, medium and robust). The panel of judges is impressive, and includes -of course- Italian experts. We had the pleasure to meet three of them: Orietta Gianjorio, UC Davis Olive Oil Taste Panel, Pietro Paolo Arca, olive expert and head of Gruppo Assaggio di Oristano Panel, and Darrell Corti, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chairman.

    “The event was originally created to promote the local production of olive oil; this is what agricultural fairs are meant for,” explains Corti. “But in the past years we also had interesting surprises from other parts of the world: we awarded an oil from Mexico and one from Uruguay with the Best of Show Award. Events like this are meant to launch new products on the market, but they also have a certain cultural impact; they can contribute to the education of the public about extra virgin olive oil.”

    Education is a key word here; taste education, pairing education, health education. There’s a lot to learn about extra virgin olive oil, its history and its properties. “Those Countries that are new to the production and consumption of olive oil are sometimes more educated than, for example, the Mediterranean countries. They know they have a lot to learn, and they are curious, they want to know more about their discovery.” We Italians should do the same; we should forget for a moment about the fact that olive oil has been in our kitchens since the day we were born; we should stop give its taste and its properties for granted. We should instead take the time to rediscover such an important nourishment, from his incredible flavor to its powerful content.

    “When we say no to a good bottle of extra virgin olive oil because we think it is too expensive, but we don’t hesitate to buy a good bottle of wine, which will probably be gone in a night, well, that means we don’t get the value of that oil,” continues Corti. True, good oil is usually not cheap, but it’s worthy, as the polyphenols and tocopherolsit contains are very important for our health. And then, don’t forget what we are paying for: behind the final product, there’s a process that implies the manual labor of many people, the careful selection of olives, a process which is only partially made by machines. We are paying for a product that comes from centuries of tradition. Would you rather pay for that or for the vitamins you get every day?

    “Studies have revealed that olive oil should be given more consideration from a medical point of view” says Corti. “In fact, if the Mediterranean diet is considered the healthiest in the world, it’s also thanks to the importance of this product. “

    on the futured photo from left: Judges Orietta Gianjorio, Darrell Corti and Pietro Paolo Arca

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  • Liquid gold? Italy eyes rush for olive oil in China

    As the Italian economy remains mired in recession, there are hopes that one of the country’s quality food products, olive oil, could open up new markets in China.

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