Daily Archives: February 17, 2014

  • First-ever 'Florida Olive Forum' comes to DeLand Saturday, Feb. 22

    As freezing weather and citrus greening cause citrus groves in West Volusia to shrink, another crop is moving to the forefront: olives. Experiments in growing the crop locally are proving fruitful.

    For people interested in exploring the oily fruit’s possibilities, the first-ever “Florida Olive Forum” will offer information and advice 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Volusia County Agricultural Center. The forum will take place in the auditorium at the Ag Center, which is next to the Volusia County Fairgrounds at 3100 E. New York Ave. in DeLand.

    Dana Venrick, owner and president of Quality Green Specialists in DeLand, is a sponsor and organizer of the event. He and people he has advised are having success growing olive trees, he said.

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  • Messinian Olive Oil Leads Greek Olive Oil Production

    The prefecture of Messinia has been declared the leading Greek prefecture in olive oil production. Thirty-eight percent of this year’s olive oil production in Greece came from Messinia, especially in a problematic period for the Greek olive oil industry.

    “Only this year has Messinia produced 38,000 tons of olive oil when the total olive oil production in Greece was about 100,000 tons.” said the president of the Panmessinian Association of Olive Oil Producers, Antonis Korakakis.

    He also stressed that this year, total Greek production decreased by 35 percent as compared to previous years, considering the weather and other natural conditions destroyed the crops and affected the production. “Messinia ranked first because it was less affected by the problems. Conversely, in Crete and in Northern Greece the production decreased by 80 to 90 percent,” Korakakis explained.

    As far as olive oil price is concerned, this year the producers are selling each kilogram of olive oil for 2.70 euros compared to 2.80 euros last year.

    Furthermore, he pointed out that the producers should always try to standardize their oil and promote it to the markets in order to earn more money and thrive.
    Source greekreporter

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