The first data on Italy’s olive harvesting show a drop in production compared to last September. And this will negatively affect the production of Italian olive oil. According to the forecasts of Ismea and Unaprol, the olive production of the 2020 – 21 campaign should reach 255 thousand tons, with a drop of -30% over last year. The olive harvest wa...

Italian Basil is part of the Lamiaceae Family, more commonly known as Mint. It is also one of the essential and primary ingredients in Pesto – using this herb will ensure that your Italian cooking tastes just like your Nonna made it. Go on, use sweet basil, and make your famiglia proud! ITALIAN BASIL – HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT? Ciao! Traditionally, only...

Ever wonder how olive oil is made? You’ve come to the right place! I grew up in Italy and one of my fondest memories is helping my family pick olives for the production of olive oil. We had a sizeable plot of land not far from our home in which our family grew olive trees. This plot of land also contained many fig trees, and since our home didn’t h...

Italian olive oil production is set to drop by 26% this year compared to 2019, according to Confagricultura, a group that represents Italy's agriculture sector. However, Italy is not the only country to register a negative performance, with other olive oil producers such as Portugal (-35%) and Greece (-25%) also seeing production fall. In contrast...

For the Italian organic sector, 2020 will be a positive year to remember. Consumption is growing by +4.4% and the sector will gross a record 3.3 billion euros. According to latest Ismea’s report, the Covid-19 pandemic has somewhat rewarded those who grow pesticide-free crops, thanks to consumers’ growing demand for healthier and more sustainable pr...

We got to chat with Igiea Adami, the mind behind Beni di Busonengo, where Adami farms her very own rice in Busonengo (near Biella, Piemonte region) – a location steeped in the history of growing and harvesting rice since the mid-1500s. Following her instincts, Igiea returned to the land of Busonengo after graduating college, so she could pursue her...

Europe is accelerating on organic farming, in line with the guidelines of the new environmental pact which aims to increasingly reduce the use of chemicals in agriculture. All this in view of the goal set by the European Green Deal: to increase the area under organic farming in the Union to 25% within the next 10 years. In order to do this, in a se...

The 2020 vintage is getting into its heart throughout Italy. The forecasts foresee a good harvest in terms of quality and quantity, however, the wineries’ are concerned about prices and markets stability. This issue is repeating itself each and every year, even more so in a year marked by concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic emergency, which has ha...

Ligurians, often, don’t come across as particularly pleasant: they lack the expansiveness of our Southerners, but also the good-tempered simplicity of the Piedmontese. Perceived as perennially in a  bad mood and unfriendly to the verge of rudeness, in truth Ligurians are not like that at all.  In many ways, they are people stuck in the very idiosyn...

If your tomato plants are quickly outgrowing the cages or stakes that looked more than adequate just weeks ago, here’s a tried and true old-school solution. In this first episode of our new series made for IAtv, come along for a visit to Michele’s to learn how he supports his seven foot plants that will be literally loaded with beautiful heirloom t...