Olive cultivation has deep roots in the area around Siena, and the olive tree can be found in Tuscan works of art and paintings from the late Middle Ages on. There are also texts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that mention the presence of olives over a large part of the hills near Siena which enhanced the magnificent landscape. In his...

Our journey exploring the most beautiful gems to visit in Italy takes us to Abruzzo once again, the enchanting Europe’s green region, a land where the mountains embrace the sea capable of welcoming and pampering tourists among ancient cities and stunning villages. Speaking of villages, today let's discover together what to see in Casoli, one of the...

It is no longer a secret that extra virgin olive oil is considered a "superfood" that can contribute to a longer life when consumed as part of a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, aiding in the prevention of certain diseases. In recent years, scientific studies specifically focusing on various forms of dementia and Alzheimer's have empha...

Olive trees have defined Italian landscapes, culture, and cuisine for thousands of years. With nearly eight hundred native cultivars, the appearance of the trees and the characteristics of their olives vary widely from one region to the next. This breathtaking biodiversity is part of what makes Italian olive oil so extraordinary. It may also be wha...

Italian olive oil’s culinary crown jewels shine from a mix of tradition, geography, and dedicated craftsmanship. Centuries of olive cultivation have led to diverse, flavorful varieties specific to different regions, each boasting unique aromas and tastes. From the grassy notes of Ligurian oil to the peppery warmth of Sicilian, these regionally dist...

On a warm, blustery December afternoon outside the De Laurentis olive oil-producing co-op in the white hilltop town of Ostuni, Puglia, Luigi D'Amico holds out his palm, revealing an olive picked earlier in the day. Instead of resembling the plump, gleaming green and black fruit overflowing in bins around him, this one is half-consumed, dry and shru...

In his forty-five years as an importer, John J. Profaci has witnessed first-hand the meteoric rise of the olive oil category in the United States. “As soon as I start talking about the industry, my memory starts reflecting back on all the things that have gone by,” he told Olive Oil Times publisher Curtis Cord in an exclusive interview. “And I’m am...

Sicilian extra virgin olive oil is once again confirmed as the best in the world. This was decreed by the prestigious international Olio Nuovo Days competition, held recently in Paris. Winning first prize as the best extra virgin oil in the competition was the Magihouse Valle dell'Inferno - Family Reserve from the Marino-Giambrone company of Cammar...

Henceforth, a singular label will distinguish all bottles of Olio di Calabria PGI, marking a pivotal achievement for the Consortium for the Protection of Calabrian olive oil, the Italian Southern region as a whole, and its olive oil producers. The strategic employment of this distinct label is poised to yield substantial advantages by steering cons...

“Bella di Cerignola” olives have been cultivated since time immemorial. Some believe that they come from the “Orchites” olives of the Romans, others believe they were introduced from Spain before 1400 AD. However, since there is no evidence of them among native Spanish varieties, they should be considered a native variety of Cerignola in ancient Da...