Taking a cue from the ancient Greeks and their deep respect for the olive tree and the oil produced from its fruit, researchers led by the Yale School of Public Health are hosting a symposium in the legendary city of Delphi to explore the many human and planetary health benefits associated with the olive tree and its products. The symposium runs from December 1 to 4 at the European Cultural Center of Delphi.
Here is what Gian Luca Grandis told Olissea about his experience as a olive oil presser aboard the oil-press truck for the Olive Truck project. Many difficulties but also many satisfactions! PHOTO GALLERY
Gian Luca Grandis, is a Tuscan superstar olive presser, is in Woodland, not far from Sacramento (CA), and will stay three days in the Windmill company, to press the olives thanks to the specially equipped truck provided by the Turkish entrepreneur Samyr Bayraktar founder of the company Olive Truck. VIDEO and PHOTOGALLERY
Extreme weather blamed for plunge in country’s olive harvest – the worst in 25 years – that could leave the country dependent on imports. And a Met Office (weather forecasts for the UK) spokesman said that in future, the combined effect of pests, disease and climate change on global agriculture could be “potentially devastating”.
Italy’s organised crime families have infiltrated the country’s food chain, from field to fork .”With margins as high as 700 per cent, profits from olive oil, for example, can be higher than those from cocaine”
This year we’re proud to be celebrating a memorable anniversary: for 25 consecutive years both the owners and much of the staff of London’s River Café have come to visit a handful of Tuscany’s best oil producers to taste the new oil and finalise their orders.
The olive is a fruit. At its purest and best, olive oil is the ‘juice’ of this fruit—just crush and press the olives and it will drip free. Unfortunately, the process is rarely kept that simple. There is a world of difference between industrial extra-virgin olive oil and estate-bottled oil made from homegrown, hand-picked olives. The latter will more than repay itself in quality. An aromatic, fruity oil can turn a good meal into a great one.
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