Daily Archives: April 30, 2015

  • EU endorse reinforced measures to prevent the spread of Xylella Fastidiosa

    The European Union (EU) has approved reinforced measures proposed by the European Commission to prevent the spread of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf).

    European Commission – Press release Brussels, 28 April 2015 EU Member States experts in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) today endorsed reinforced measures, proposed by the Commission, to prevent further introduction and spread within the EU of Xylella Fastidiosa.

    EU Member States experts in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) today endorsed reinforced measures, proposed by the Commission, to prevent further introduction and spread within the EU of Xylella Fastidiosa. The bacterium is a quarantine organism harmful to olive trees and potentially dangerous for a broad range of other plants important for the EU agriculture, such as grapevine and citrus.

    The new EU measures require Member States to notify new outbreaks in the EU, to carry out official surveys, and to promptly demarcate infested areas. Strict eradication measures in such areas are put in place, which include removal and destruction of infested plants, and all host plants within a radius of 100m, irrespective of their health status. The measures also provide the possibility for Italy to apply containment measures in the whole province of Lecce, where eradication is no longer possible. In this case, it is mantained the requirement to remove systematically all infected plants and to test the surrounding plants (within 100m) in a 20km zone adjacent to the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto.

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    The European Union (EU) has approved reinforced measures proposed by the European Commission to prevent the spread of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf). European Commission – Press release Brussels, 28 April 2015 EU Member States experts in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals,... 
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  • Lebanon Olive Oil project to boost the industry and promote exports

    The Olive Oil Collection Center launched Wednesday in the south Lebanon village of Tayr Filsey, the culmination of a project to boost the industry and promote exports. The event was organized by Socio-Economic Support for Olive Oil Growers in South Lebanon Project, within the framework of the European Union-funded Afkar III Program, which is managed by the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform.

    The launch took place in the presence of numerous officials and local community members.

    In addition to improving the situation of olive farmers in the south, and developing and enhancing the production of olive oil, the center also aims to develop new markets for the oil, according to Minister of State Nabil de Freij.

    “What’s more important is that it [serves] as a suitable model to be implemented on the national level.”

    The minister added that a road map must be created for the olive oil sector, with a plan for the product to compete in international markets.

    Olive oil is one of Lebanon’s most important agricultural products according to EU ambassador Angelina Eichhorst.

    “Olive trees [cover] 5.4 percent of Lebanon’s territory, according to the latest results of a study conducted by the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon,” Eichhorst said, adding that this constitutes 8 percent of all the agricultural land in Lebanon.

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  • Limited edition extra virgin olive oil Koronaki & its premium packaging

    Koronaki is a small Greek company that produces a premium quality extra virgin olive oil and high-value traditional Greek products. They briefed designer Thomas Kiourtsis to create an eye-catching and attractive corporate brand identity and a premium packaging for their limited edition olive oil.

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    A piece of limited edition olive oil Koronaki packaging that gathers the beauty of nature and brings it to the dinner table.

    Commenting on the project Kiourtsis says: “My goal when I took over the project was to be able to design something different for a product so classic and yet so unique. Inspired by the earth, sky, stone, wood and water, the basic elements that make these products so unique, I created a minimalistic identity and a special packaging”.

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    Lovely use of earthy materials and colours, very clever way of bringing to life the values and qualities of the product.

    The extra virgin olive oil KORONAKI is produced and bottled in Laconia, a region in Greece’s Southern Peloponnisos, from a special kind of olive trees known as “koroneiki – maniataki”, which is cultivated only in Mani. The variety “maniataki” provides the most aromatic, highest quality olive oil in the world.

    Koronaki

    Contact KORONAKI:
    Address: Karolidou str.10, Nea Smirni, 17121, Athens – Greece
    Phone: (0030) 693 6583600
    E-mail: info@koronaki.gr
    Website: www.koronaki.gr

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    Learn how to buy and store good-quality olive oil

    We’ve all heard that olive oil is good for us, but does that account for its surge in popularity? Supermarkets have entire shelves dedicated to different types of olive oils. In fact, olive oil production and sales is one of the fastest-growing global industries.

    Why the oil boom? I set out to learn more about it and how to buy, store and use good-quality olive oil.

    High in monounsaturated fat (the good kind) and polyphenols (an antioxidant), olive oil in moderation can have health benefits like lowering the risk of heart disease, according to published studies.

    You can find “liquid gold” throughout much of Europe, as well as parts of South America and in California, which has a relatively small production but a Tuscan-like climate that results in a somewhat fruity olive oil.

    Spain is the world’s No. 1 exporter of olive oil, followed by Italy and Greece; however, Italy and Greece produce higher volumes of extra-virgin olive oil than Spain. And the Greeks like to keep much of their oil for themselves, with Greek exports only accounting for 11 percent of the worldwide olive-oil market.

    Pietro Morelli recently opened Made in Italy Gourmet (10 NE 27th St.) in Miami’s Wynwood district, specializing in Italian food and top-quality imported products, including several types of olive oil. The shop hosts Italian olive-oil tastings from noon to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday.

    “Tasting olive oil is like tasting wine,” said Marco Todoerti, Made in Italy’s store manager. “The region, land and climate make the difference.”

    Also, personal taste matters.

    “The best olive oil in the world is produced in Italy,” according to Nancy Harmon Jenkins, an authority on Mediterranean cuisine and author of the new Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil.

    Her reason? Italian olive oils are not mass-produced. The farms — like the one she lives on part of the year in Tuscany — are small, with hands-on harvests and workers who take special care in the production.

    When choosing an olive oil, determine what flavor profiles you like, whether it’s an assertive olive flavor, a little bitter-peppery aftertaste or a mild, buttery finish. On top of flavor preference, you’ll want to avoid oils with musty or rancid characteristics, telltale signs something has gone bad.

    Here are some more tips to help find the best bottles for you.

    Decoding the labels

    Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: This is the highest-quality oil and is produced without chemicals or industrial refining. To be labeled extra virgin it must have an acidity of not more than 0.8 percent per 100 grams. It must pass a laboratory test and be evaluated by an International Olive Council tasting panel. Nancy Harmon Jenkins uses this type for all of her recipes, including deep-frying.

    Virgin: It often comes from the first pressing, but its acid level is between 1 and 3.3 percent, not low enough to qualify as extra-virgin. This is a good oil to use for cooking.

    Olive Oil (sometimes labeled “Pure”): This oil has failed to make the extra-virgin grade, meaning it has been corrected, rectified or refined, creating a flavorless, odorless oil to which a small amount of extra-virgin oil may be added to give some taste and aroma. This is not from a second pressing of the olives. It is a lower grade of olive oil and therefore, cheaper.

    Light Olive Oil: This oil is rectified or refined oil with very little aroma or flavor but similar to the olive-oil grade. Light does not mean it is lighter in calories. It’s best used for baking or cooking where you do not want the olive-oil flavor. It also has a high smoking point, making it good for frying.

    Pomace Oil (olive-pomace oil): This oil is produced by extracting the small amount of oil remaining in the dregs (pulp, skins and pits) of the olive oil pressing, using solvents. It is then rectified again to make it acceptable for human consumption.

    How to buy

    Faced with a shelf full of olive oils, it’s important to understand what you are buying and paying for.

    ▪ Buy olive oil in dark bottles, boxes or cans. They’re better than clear packaging, which allow light to affect olive oil’s quality.

    ▪ Check acid percentages. The lower the acidity means higher-quality olive oil.

    ▪ Look for the harvest date. The best extra-virgin olive oil right now was harvested in October, November or December 2014.

    ▪ Find the source. European laws require that labels note the olives’ origin and where they were processed. If you see olive oil made from olives sourced all over the Mediterranean, don’t pay a premium for it.

    How to store

    Place the bottle in a cool, dark cupboard, away from light and heat.

    Do not refrigerate olive oil. It can create condensation in the container which drips into the oil. Mold can develop there.

    Stored properly, olive oil can last many months, even up to a year or more. But in South Florida’s heat and humidity, olive oil is likely to turn rancid more quickly.

    Article by Linda Gassenheimer, she is a Miami-based cookbook author and the Miami Herald’s Dinner in Minutes columnist. Contact her at linda@dinnerinminutes.com.source

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    We’ve all heard that olive oil is good for us, but does that account for its surge in popularity? Supermarkets have entire shelves dedicated to different types of olive oils. In fact, olive oil production and sales is one of the fastest-growing global industries. Why the oil... 
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