Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

  • Developed innovative system that interprets nutritional values in olive groves

    Spanish company Agroconsulting Internatinal S.A. has developed Nutritional Advanced Diagnostics (DNA), an innovative system that interprets nutritional values in olive groves, which allows foliar analysis at any time of year.

    As reported by the company in a statement, once the olive campaign is over, the olive tree begins its natural process of renewal and flowering, the perfect moment to know its growing state and provide the necessary production cares towardsthe next crop.

    One of the key tools for knowing a tree’s nutritional status is olive leaf analysis, together with soil analysis, which allows researchers to detect nutritional problems and develop fertilization plans adapted to the real needs of each farm.

    Agroconsulting explained that usually the plant tissue analysis is performed during the month of July, during the summer shutdown of the olive tree, obtaining an accurate nutritional assessment of that particular season.

    However, the company insisted that this methodology is “insufficient” to measure the continuous nutritional status of olive in its annual development cycle.

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  • Why Olive Oil from Peloponnese is considered to be the best in Greece?

    From its fertile mountains to its picturesque and ample seas, the Peloponnese region is a foodies’ paradise.

    With its mountains, gorges and ample water supply, the Peloponnese features extremely fertile valleys full of olive groves, orange groves, fig trees, prickly pears, and grape vine cultivations and a huge variety of herbs.

    The olive tree is the emblematic tree of the Peloponnese. The olive oil from Messenia is considered to be the best in Greece and it is this that goes in the saucepan first. In these oil-producing regions the oil is eaten raw as a snack on crusty bread with oregano and salt. Let me tell you that even though I’m not from southern Greece, since I was a child this was my favourite snack and still is. This oil from the Peloponnese has become famous all over the world with its bright green colour and fruity aroma.

    In this part of Greece, we find the cultivation of grape vines, the most famous from Nemea and Mantinea. Wine is considered an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, and has been known in this area for thousands of years and continues to blossom to this day. Besides the Agiorgitiko that is produced in Nemea – the deep red wine that took its name from the village Agios Georgios, the centre of its production since 1820 – and the wines of Mantinea, there are now wines being produced in Messenia, Laconia and Argolida.

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  • Julie Angus fascinating new book "Olive Odyssey"

    Like ours today, the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean ran on oil. The Phoenicians, the Greeks, and the Romans all built their economies on its production and transportation; it provided them with everything from food and light to cosmetics. In some ways, however, our predecessors were more advanced than we are: their oil was a renewable resource, harvested from living trees.

    As Julie Angus details in her fascinating but flawed new book, Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World, the olive tree is still a source of wealth and sustenance in much of the Mediterranean basin. Olea europaea provides not only olives and olive oil but fuel for cooking, timber for building, and silvery-green foliage for ritual occasions. Although its preeminence among plants has been challenged by upstarts such as wheat, soy, and corn, it’s one of the oldest cultivated crops, and remains one of the most important.

    Olive Odyssey By Julie Angus. Greystone, 321 pp, hardcover
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    Like ours today, the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean ran on oil. The Phoenicians, the Greeks, and the Romans all built their economies on its production and transportation; it provided them with everything from food and light to cosmetics. In some ways, however, our... 
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