Daily Archives: March 27, 2015

  • Prediction of the antioxidant activity of extra virgin olive oils produced in the Mediterranean area

    A chemical characterisation was conducted on 75 commercial extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) produced in the years 2011-2012 in Southern Italy from five different olive monovarieties (Coratina, Leccino, Maiatica, Ogliarola del Vulture and Ogliarola del Bradano).

    The possibility of estimating the antioxidant activity of EVOO by using a chemical index as predictor of this property was considered. In order to build up and validate an antioxidant activity predictive model, the relationship between the antioxidant activity and the chosen chemical parameters was systematically investigated.

    The results indicated that oil antioxidant activity, measured as IC50, could be satisfactorily predicted, for olive oils from the considered region, by using a simple index, such as the K225 value of oil samples, which represents a spectrophotometric index of the compounds responsible for oil bitterness measured at 225 nm.

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    1School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano 10, 85100 Potenza, Italy.
    2School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano 10, 85100 Potenza, Italy. Electronic address: fernanda.galgano@unibas.it.
    3Department of Sciences, University of Basilicata, Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano 10, 85100 Potenza, Italy.
    4Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Strada Le Grazie 15, 37134 Verona, Italy.

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    Training Course for Professional Olive Oil Sommelier in Italy

    8th Edition – Training Course for Professional Olive Oil Sommelier suits professional and aspiring olive oil tasters, buyers, retailers, promoters, restaurateurs, chefs, and all those interested in becoming a Professional Olive Oil Sommelier.

    A 5 Day fully comprehensive course in the beautiful setting of Lake Garda. Food, EVOO, relax. Learn while living the good life in Italy.

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    What is an Olive Oil Sommelier?

    A Professional Olive Oil Sommelier has a thorough knowledge of the full production process of olive oil – “from the grove to the bottle” – and is highly skilled in the selection, classification, promotion and rational use of olive oil.

    Our goal is to offer a well balanced theory and practical course that will provide students with the right skills and knowledge to be able to communicate the rational use of olive oil in the kitchen and on the plate, in particular, the harmonization of EVOO & Food.

    Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have acquired skills and certification, entitling them to join the International Register of Olive Oil Experts and to be part of professional olive oil evaluation panels.
    Professional-Olive-Oil-Sommelier_GardaWHEN & WHERE
    Dates: Monday 18th May – Friday 22nd May 2015
    Daily from 9am – 1pm; Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th from 2.30-4.30pm in the classroom
    Classroom sessions will take place at the AGRARIA RIVA DEL GARDA, Loc. S.Nazzaro, 4 Riva del Garda (TN)

    The afternoon of Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st will be spent tasting and pairing olive oils and discovering the wonderful landscapes and culinary delights of the Lake Garda region.

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  • Spanish Olive Oil production shows a decrease of 48% over the previous year

    The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) held a meeting with the olive oil and table olives sector to analyze production data, movements and stocks until February 28th. In this meeting, it was found that the harvest of the current season is almost complete, with 807 300 tons, representing a decrease of 48% over the previous year.

    Also, data collected by Magrama reflect a decrease of 36% compared to the average production of the last four seasons.

    Milled olive has reached 3,932,893 tons with an average yield of 20.51%, 0.5 percentage points above last season on the same dates.

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  • Beauty Benefits Of Olive Oil

    Most of us are aware of the beauty benefits of olive oil. It is an affordable ingredient and may be, that is why it is used in most of the beauty products. This oil is also used for cooking purposes.

    As this oil is also good for skin, it can be used externally as well as for edible purposes. There are several health benefits that this oil offers. It promotes digestion, stimulates your metabolism and offers vitamins and minerals to your body.

    Though most of us have started using olive oil for beauty purposes, it is a fact that it has been used since centuries. It is good for nails, skin and hair.

    In Egypt, this oil was used to treat hair many centuries ago. Get Rid Of Acne Scars With Olive Oil You can use olive oil on your skin as well as your hair too. Now, let us discuss about the beauty benefits of olive oil.

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    Dry Skin
    This is one of the beauty benefits of olive oil for skin. It can soften your dry skin fast. After your shower, apply a few drops of oil on your body and wait for a few minutes till it gets absorbed.

    Hands
    If you wish to soften your hands, using olive oil is the best thing to do. You can use a few drops of oil on your hands and lather before you wash.

    Dandruff
    If your scalp is dry and itchy or if you have dandruff issues, use olive oil on your scalp at least thrice a week and see the difference.

    Shiny Hair
    Heat a few drops of olive oil and allow it to cool. Use the warm oil on your scalp and massage your hair. You can make your hair shiny. This is one of the beauty benefits of olive oil for hair.

    Itchy Skin
    If your skin is itchy, use a few drops of this oil and lather the affected area and wash it after a few minutes.

    Make Up Removal
    Instead of using any other product, you can use olive oil for make up removal. Just dip some cotton in a this oil and start rubbing your face to remove the make up.

    Wrinkles

    One of the benefits of olive oil is that it can prevent wrinkles on your skin. If you use it regularly, you will be able to prevent wrinkles as it keeps your skin soft.

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    Most of us are aware of the beauty benefits of olive oil. It is an affordable ingredient and may be, that is why it is used in most of the beauty products. This oil is also used for cooking purposes. As this oil is also good for skin, it can be used externally as well as for... 
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