Saturday 10 December 2016 - Director LUIGI CARICATO - staff@olioofficina.net

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The nouvelle vague of olive oil

The nouvelle vague of olive oil

The sixth Olio Officina Festival is just around the corner: scheduled to take place in Milan, Italy, early next year (from February 2 to 4), its title theme will be "Energy. Oil in motion”. A vast array of events have been programmed, some of which are presented below. Make sure you don't miss it, it is the most important festival worldwide devoted to olive oils and condiments


Current trends in oil appraisal

Current trends in oil appraisal

Has the method employed for the sensory analysis of extra virgin olive oil reached the end of the line? Is it time to change approach and/or targets? These questions require urgent, unambiguous answers, and the entire oil sector must now respond. Currently there is a sort of distorted view. Too much attention is given to defects and too little to the positive traits of oil. We are training a class of defect hunters > Lorenzo Cerretani


Oil and Yoga

Oil and Yoga

A foretaste. In the holistic area of the 2017 Olio Officina Festival, Eva Nuti will be coordinating two days devoted to an ancient discipline for controlling the mind, body and spirit. Oil comes from the earth. On the earth, our feet stand, giving us stability, like the roots of an olive tree. Stability (muladhara) is the origin of pleasure, our sense of taste (svadhishthana), energy and fire (manipura), from which all actions derive (anahata). Oil. Energy in motion


What happens inside the olive

What happens inside the olive

These pictures, taken by Giorgio Sorcinelli, portray olives at different stages of maturity. There are various methods to estimate their degree of ripeness. One of the most popular is the so-called Jaen index. Many scientific investigations concur that there is an optimal maturity level for every variety, offsetting the sensory features and aromatic profile of the olives, as well as their phenolic composition > Lorenzo Cerretani


2017 OOF, subscriptions are open

2017 OOF, subscriptions are open

An idea for a Christmas present. There is time until December 24th to purchase the tickets for the sixth Olio Officina Festival at a discounted rate. The festival will be held in Milan from February 2 to 4, 2017


Spain, the first global producer and exporter

Spain, the first global producer and exporter

Spain has increases its extra-EU exports of olive oil and olive pomace oil by 20% in the first 11 months of 2015/16 (October 2015-August 2016), compared to the previous crop year > International Olive Council


The 2017 Forme dell’Olio contest

The 2017 Forme dell’Olio contest

Everything is ready for the fourth edition of the contest devoted to the packaging and labelling of olive oil. There is a great novelty this year: it is now possible to enter labels only, which will be judged separately in a distinct category. Quality, as we all know, lies not only in the content, but also in the container: its importance should be better acknowledged, and more attention should be paid to its aesthetics and functionality


The best harvesting method

The best harvesting method

There is one question I am frequently asked: is it better to pick olives by hand, or use mechanical means? We should be aware that harvesting is a delicate and potentially risky procedure, because it may trigger the hydrolytic reactions that increase the free acidity levels in olive oil, with detrimental effects on its quality > Lorenzo Cerretani


PICS
Chicken oil

Chicken oil

Paolo Tinella’s work is one of the works on display at “Olio d’Artista”, the art exhibition curated by Francesco Sannicandro that can be visited during the sixth Olio Officina Festival, from February 2 to 4, 2017, in Milan. #oof2017

The 2016 olive season in Italy

The 2016 olive season in Italy

We do not expect it to be a memorable harvest. Quite the opposite, and many farmers are rather concerned. The olive fruit fly has wreaked havoc all over Italy, from north to south. Yet, compared to the disastrous 2014 season, there is a greater degree of optimism, because at least nobody was caught unprepared > Luigi Caricato


Olive harvests in the Mediterranean countries

Olive harvests in the Mediterranean countries

What is the outlook of the olive harvesting season in the Mediterranean countries? The estimates of a renowned international olive oil broker who operates on the Greek, Spanish, Tunisian, Turkish and Moroccan markets. There is still a lot of uncertainty regarding the overall amounts of available oil and the prospects of the key olive-producing countries > Adriano Caramia


It all starts here

It all starts here

The new oil has arrived, as we can see from the many photos posted on the internet. Most producers show pictures of the oil flowing out of the separator. However, the key stage of oil production is when it is extracted from the malaxing unit, for this is when its bouquet of scents and flavours originates > Lorenzo Cerretani


Olive growing in China

Olive growing in China

According to official sources, the Olive tree (Olea europea) was introduced into China over 40 years ago. However, the crop only started to expand at the beginning of the millennium. The areas of greatest potential for the development of olive growing are Gansu, Shaanxi and Sichuan. China currently has an olive hectarage of 86 000 ha, of which 43% is under irrigation. More than 27% of the current surface area is under production > International Olive Council


World Olive Day 2016

World Olive Day 2016

The International Olive Council will celebrate World Olive Day to raise awareness of the importance of the relationship between olive growing and the environment, showing the benefits of its products for health and raising awareness of the role of the IOC as the organisation solely responsible for administering the International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives

 


All vinegars have health properties

All vinegars have health properties

There are no doubts on vinegars nutritional and health value, as well as for their preventive role for our health. Ancients had well understood it, to the point of including them in their time pharmacopeia. The list of popular remedies


The Ioc method for tasting table olives

The Ioc method for tasting table olives

The olive samples to analyze are collected in tulip glasses, which are traditionally used in oil tasting. The olives tasting normally take place at ambient temperature, around 20-22°C (68-72 F). If olives are in the brine, it is necessary that the liquid covers all fruits in the glass


Guide for the production of quality in the field

Guide for the production of quality in the field

CEQ is a consortium that promotes and protects the quality of extra virgin olive oil, extending the concept to the entire production process, from cultivation to marketing and conservation. The aim is to ensure that the consumer receives an excellent product from both an analytical and a sensorial point of view, and that this is achieved while fully respecting the environment


The appearance of olive oil

The appearance of olive oil

How much do colour and cloudiness matter in extra virgin olive oil? It would appear that the consumers are strongly influenced by these two aspects. Are colour and cloudiness in any way related to freshness? What are the results of countless investigations on this issue? Are we sure that oil filtering is a useful process? > Lorenzo Cerretani


Olive growing in Tunisia

Olive growing in Tunisia

In response to the invitation from the Tunisian authorities, the 27th extraordinary session of the International Olive Council (IOC) will be held in Hammamet (Tunisia) from 11 to 16 July. Olive oil is a key export product given that more than 80 pc of local production is exported. Tunisia is the second exporter worldwide after the European Union


Naturally richer in polyphenols

Naturally richer in polyphenols

Cibus, the most important fair in the food and drink sector in Italy, was the occasion to present a new jewel in the crown for the Olitalia Group: the new “30” extra-virgin olive oil


The ABCs of extra virgin olive oil

The ABCs of extra virgin olive oil

Nobody was born an expert. Proper use, as condiment and during cooking, is crucial. Suggestions on the choice, the preservation of the quality, the risk of deterioration, the correct use. A short but fundamental handbook to avoid mistakes > Luigi Caricato


Summer, time for salads

Summer, time for salads

Choosing the best dressing requires a good knowledge of oils. The correct combination always requires a bit of study and application > Luigi Caricato


Olive oil and table olives in 2015/16

Olive oil and table olives in 2015/16

The analysis of the market data for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 crop years and the changes with respect to the estimates released in November 2015 > International Olive Council


How I judge an oil

How I judge an oil

Panel members responsible for the sensory analysis of an oil use a different appraisal method from that employed by the members of a jury panel, passing from an analytical assessment to a more hedonistic one. In many respects, oil competitions are similar to beauty pageants. The appreciation of an extra virgin oil may vary from jury to jury > Lorenzo Cerretani


Energy. Oil in motion

Energy. Oil in motion

The organizational machinery in charge of the sixth Olio Officina Festival is already at work. Next year’s event will be held in Milan, Italy, from February 2 to 4, 2017. The keyword this time is energy, intended as power, vigour, an agent of change. In a way this is the opposite of what oil is usually considered, i.e. a soothing element, something to pour over troubled waters.


Olive growing in Iran

Olive growing in Iran

This month we will be focusing on olive cultivation in Iran, a country that is a Member of the International Olive Council since January 2004 and which will be hosting the 47th meeting of the IOC Advisory Committee on Olive Oil and Table Olives and a regional seminar on quality, marketing and biodiversity, both scheduled to take place in Tehran on 16 and 17 May 2016 > International Olive Council


The golden rules for deep-frying

The golden rules for deep-frying

Is fried food good or bad for our health? The answer depends on how it is fried. It is always important to follow the rules for deep-frying. Here are some tips from a biochemist, Dr. Bruno Berra, and a nutritionist, Dr. Samantha Biale


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Just call it Vù

Just call it Vù

This is the name, youthful and jaunty, that Frantoiani del Vùlture has given to its Vùlture PDO extra virgin olive oil. A special gourmet edition of this oil is also available. Its birthplace is on a group of hills of volcanic origin found in Basilicata, a small region in southern Italy > Luigi Caricato

An exciting oil from Coratina olives

An exciting oil from Coratina olives

Not all extra virgin oils made from Coratina olives can be placed at the same level. Corona delle Puglie, made by Covan, an olive mill in Andria producing Terra di Bari – Castel del Monte PDO oils, is the proof that single-varietal oils obtained from the most renowned and popular olive cultivar grown in Italy can be strikingly different and original. Here are three oils with different degrees of fruitiness > Maria Carla Squeo

COOKING
Quinoa and lentil casserole

Quinoa and lentil casserole

This dish is perfect for a evening meal: full of healthy, nourishing ingredients, it will delight every pulse, veggie and herb-loving person. A recipe given to us by Olio Turri Fratelli

Recipe by chef Giuseppe Capano

Recipe by chef Giuseppe Capano

Awaiting autumn: chestnut tarts with olive oil and vin santo with apple cream scented with orange oil. A recipe given to us by Garda Dop Extra Virgin Olive oil Producers Association

WEB
Olio Turri's blog, a happy exception

Olio Turri's blog, a happy exception

Very few oil producers run blogs. Turri's, with its minimalistic design, is both simple and elegant. It is also available in English: posts are published at regular intervals and dispatched through newsletters > Luigi Caricato

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