Daily Archives: October 28, 2014

  • Italy on fourth place on the podium of world olive oil production

    Greece, Tunisia and Turkey. These three countries are competing with Italy for second place on the podium of world olive oil production, while Spain confirms first place despite a downturn for production estimated at 875 thousand tons.

    In the wake of a very difficult year, with very poor weather right from budding, the Italian olive oil sector followed hard on its heels by Greece, where production – according to forecasts by the International Olive Oil Council – is expected to grow by as much as 122% to 300 thousand tonnes.

    There are also excellent prospects in Tunisia where not even the old folk recall such abundant production that could well exceed 250 thousand tonnes.

    On the other hand, production in Turkey is likely to be stable at 190 thousand tons, according to figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture in Ankara.

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    Greece, Tunisia and Turkey. These three countries are competing with Italy for second place on the podium of world olive oil production, while Spain confirms first place despite a downturn for production estimated at 875 thousand tons. In the wake of a very difficult year, with... 
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  • Winning EVOOs of the International Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting Argoliva

    The International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting – Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Award, held at the 4th International Olive Meeting Argoliva 2014, from 20 to 24 October in the town of San Juan (Argentina), awarded several EVOOs from Spain, United States, Argentina and Uruguay in two categories: Artisanal and Industrial.

    As organizers have pointed out, “this is the most important event in South America,” which also ranks third in the ranking of the different international oil competitions selected by The World’s Best Olive Oils project for the campaign 2013/14.

    In this edition, 94 samples were evaluated by the Catholic University of Cuyo Tasting Panel along with an international jury.

    Argoliva 2014 took place in different stages of the town of San Juan, and as in previous years included various activities around the oil and its consumption such as the Gourmet Competition “Unpublished uses of olive oil in sweet and savory dishes,” the “Open Kitchen Classes”, Business rounds, the 6th Update CREA Meeting and Argoliva Festival.

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    The International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting – Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Award, held at the 4th International Olive Meeting Argoliva 2014, from 20 to 24 October in the town of San Juan (Argentina), awarded several EVOOs from Spain, United States, Argentina and Uruguay... 
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  • Olive Oil in your diet, a matter of health

    Olive Oil vs other cooking fats: the Cretan – Greek alternative
    Its velvety texture and fine taste are not the only reasons that make olive oil ideal for your cooking or dressing.

    Olive oil is far more suitable compared to all other vegetable or animal cooking fats for many other reasons: it is produced solely by mechanical means and at very low temperature (cold extraction) with no added chemical processes that other oils undergo.

    Whereas various other vegetable oils are rich in harmful polyunsaturated fats and dairies abundant in saturated fats that undermine your health, olive oil is rich only in monounsaturated fats as high as 80% in content.

    Also, olive oil is high heat-resistant, an attribute that makes it ideal for frying as heat will not destroy its beneficial antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

    Olive Oil and good health
    The medicinal qualities of olive oil have been recognized since the antiquity, as far back as Hippocrates’ codex.

    These attributes are scientifically confirmed today by contemporary scientists.

    International studies on past and contemporary Cretan cuisine where olive oil is prominent, have shown that this natural liquid extract contributes to overall health by providing antioxidants and other beneficial elements that promote good cardiovascular health and also contribute to the prevention of some forms of cancer.

    Due to its polyphenols, olive oil also helps our body to better absorb vitamins, etc.

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    Olive Oil vs other cooking fats: the Cretan – Greek alternative Its velvety texture and fine taste are not the only reasons that make olive oil ideal for your cooking or dressing. Olive oil is far more suitable compared to all other vegetable or animal cooking fats for... 
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