An olive tree about one hundred years old has a chasm burned in the center of the trunk because of a lightning strike.  They call it “Fausto”, lucky, because it has returned to bear fruit thanks to five women from an anti-violence center, who participated in the ASPEm project - Social Agriculture for the Promotion of Empowerment of Women and Single...

Italy’s Oleificio Zucchi bets on the U.S. market. The USA is the first foreign market for the growing exports of the Italian olive oil company that announces the opening of its own branch in New York: Zucchi 1810. Zucchi intends to start an articulated development strategy with the aim of increasing the presence and positioning of its brand in the...

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...

Using a range of chromatographic, spectroscopic, and mass spectrometric analytical techniques, we characterized one of the “edible items” found at the Vesuvius archeological sites and guarded at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) in Naples, Italy. We authenticated the specimen contained in a glass bottle (Mann-S1 sample) as origina...

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...

Olive oil, with its healthy properties and its close link with the Mediterranean Diet, is a strategic food in the fight against obesity and food imbalance. This is what Assitol (an Italian association of oil producers) says on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated every year on October 16, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of FAO, the UN or...

Before meeting her husband Giuseppe Morisania in Italy, Skyler Mapes used to buy whatever brand of olive oil was on sale at her local big box store. But when Morisania—whose family has pressed olive oil from their olive trees for three generations—expressed his horror at her choice of bland, flavorless oil during a visit to the Bay Area in 2015, sh...

What are the secrets to a good extra-virgin olive oil? And how much does the moment of harvesting affect the final taste? Let’s find out along with La Cucina Italiana's Cooking School advice. It all depends on the fields The variables behind an extra-virgin olive oil are many – plus, they can’t be translated into simple numbers. Like all-natural pr...

Italian evo oil points upwards. Sixty years after the entry into force of the law that established its product classification, in the middle of a difficult and anomalous year the idea that new, stricter regulations are needed to identify the top quality products in the sector is once again gaining ground. It could also be a way to differentiate Ita...