Olives and the Olive World
Olives have long been considered food by Mediterranean populations, yet their oil has also served as a means to anoint heroes and war heroes, worship deities, and offer peace agreements as signs.
Commercial olive production occurs mainly in coastal districts suited for their cultivation. Harvest times differ according to country and species of olives planted.
Early Life and Education
Olive Tree Kinder Preschool (formerly Peace Garden) provides an immersive bilingual Waldorf-inspired educational environment, where Judaic heritage meets global cultural diversity in an ideal learning environment for preschool children. Our learner-centric pedagogy gives these youngsters an invaluable chance to experience foreign languages at just the right time – when they can absorb them easily while simultaneously taking in information through stories, songs, rhythms and rituals as well as learning about community culture.
Phoenician and Greek colonization spread cultivation of olive trees across Asia Minor, Iberia and North Africa with fine quality oil becoming highly prized commodities throughout antiquity. Olive branches became symbols of peace during this era; some even served as crowns of victory at Olympic Games!
Extra virgin olive oils that go beyond financial requirements and productivity must be appreciated and supported as they strive for excellence. It is crucial that we help their producers in this pursuit.
Darvari Gida Tarim of Canakkale in northwest Turkey is celebrating their multiple NYIOOC awards for this year, attributing them to their consistent quality control efforts and flexible mobile mill.
ESAO Master Olive Oil Consultant Certification is an innovative private degree that provides professional development for olive oil industry workers. This program helps individuals realize their full potential in marketing, sales and management areas while offering prestige-backed qualifications from a respected school.
Achievement and Honors
At the 2023 NYIOOC – the world’s largest olive oil quality competition – producers from nine nations celebrated awards. Rob Still of De Rustica Olive Estate in South Africa became the first producer from outside Spain or Italy to earn the prestigious EVOOLEUM award with his Coratina oil.
SD Stara Teskera of Herzegovina won gold with his medium blend from the autochthonous cultivar Bjelica. According to Teskera, 2022 harvest was three times larger than previous one with excellent quality characteristics, according to his estimations.
Gansu Times Olive Technology of China took home another Gold medal for their Ezhi-8 monovarietal at this year’s NYIOOC, which introduced changes that accommodate opposing harvest periods and ensure an equitable judging period.
Olive oil is one of the most beloved and versatile oils, boasting numerous health advantages that may reduce heart disease and cancer risks. Not only can olive oil add great flavor and aroma to any dish, it can also serve as a healthy cooking alternative and offer additional cardiovascular protection.
Olive oil has long been valued for both its nutritional and aromatic qualities, making it an indispensable ingredient in perfumery and cooking applications. Furthermore, its existence dates back centuries when humanity first encountered this substance.
Olive (Olea europaea), a tree or shrub in the Oleaceae family, is commonly grown around Mediterranean Sea countries but also widely cultivated elsewhere, including Australia and South America. Olive is known to contain monounsaturated fatty acids that may help prevent cardiovascular disease while increasing overall wellbeing.
Olive oil demand has seen steady worldwide growth due to various factors, such as health benefits associated with olives, rising disposable income levels and rising popularity of functional food & beverages. Middle East & Africa are increasingly becoming markets for Olea europaea fruit oil due to their increasing popularity as functional products and investments into cultivating olive trees.
The international olive oil trade is dominated by four countries – Spain, Italy, Tunisia and Greece. Together they account for about half of all oil handled internationally; consumers increasingly prefer olive oils produced from these four locations as they often come with detailed label descriptions that specify type of olive used as well as quality assurances from producers.