Daily Archives: July 23, 2014

  • A countrywide survey elucidated major reasons for high acidity in olive oil

    Geographic and environmental factors had no significant effect on oil acidity. High oil acidity evolved particularly from fungus-infected, fully ripened fruit.

    Olive oil quality has become a foremost revenue-determining parameter for olive growers.

    While the upper threshold of oil acidity, a major quality standard of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), is under pressure of being reduced to below 0.8% of free fatty acids (FFA), excessive oil acidity is a frequent phenomenon, raising considerable economic concerns.

    Despite the many assumptions regarding the origins of FFA in olive oil, there is no concrete understanding upon which to base practical solutions.

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    Geographic and environmental factors had no significant effect on oil acidity. High oil acidity evolved particularly from fungus-infected, fully ripened fruit. Olive oil quality has become a foremost revenue-determining parameter for olive growers. While the upper threshold of... 
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  • 3rd Armonia olive oil competition

    Olive Oil producers, Chefs, Food Bloggers and Foodies will work together to discover the very best Olive oils from the Southern Hemisphere & bring them together on the plate.

    This internationally accredited competition is now in its third year and is open to all small and independent producers of Olive Oil in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

    ARMONIA is the only Olive Oil competition that encourages chefs, cooks, enthusiasts and consumers to expand their knowledge of “Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) of EXCELLENCE” as well as new, alternative uses and techniques for increasing consumption in catering, in the kitchen and on the table.

    As in previous years, where the judging panel consisted of some of the best chefs in Australia including Gary Mehigan of MasterChef Australia, the competition “Armonia in the Kitchen” will take place in a famous cooking school in Sydney.

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    Olive Oil producers, Chefs, Food Bloggers and Foodies will work together to discover the very best Olive oils from the Southern Hemisphere & bring them together on the plate. This internationally accredited competition is now in its third year and is open to all small and... 
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  • New Zealand’s Outstanding Success at the 2014 LA International EVOO Competition

    Winners in one of the world’s most prestigious competitions for extra virgin olive oil were announced today, with New Zealand taking almost a third share of all Gold medals awarded plus a share of other medals.

    The 2014 Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition – Southern Hemisphere received 139 extra virgin olive oil entries from 66 producers. Entries came from Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay. There were a total 48 Gold Medal Awards, 45 Silver Medal Awards, and 20 Bronze Medal Awards.

    Whilst the Best in Show awards went to oils from Chile and Uruguay, New Zealand oils picked up an impressive THIRTEEN Gold medals, FOUR Silver medals, and TWO Bronze medals.

    Gold medals were awarded to Azzuro Groves, Kennedy Point, Man O’War, Matiatia Grove (3), Number 29, Rangihoua Estate (3), Virtuo (2), Whangape Grove.

    Silver medals were awarded to Azzuro Groves (2), Man O’War, Matiatia Grove.

    Bronze medals were awarded to Divinity Olives, Moutohora Estate.

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    Winners in one of the world’s most prestigious competitions for extra virgin olive oil were announced today, with New Zealand taking almost a third share of all Gold medals awarded plus a share of other medals. The 2014 Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition –... 
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