in this issue:
- Texas “Liquid” Gold Rush
- Weddings and the “Gift of the Gods”
- Harvesting, Transporting and Milling Methods Affect Oil Quality. It’s a FACT.
- Figueroa Farms: A Decade of Dedication
- New UC Davis Research Extends Concerns Over Quality
- Carol Firenze: A Passionate Ambassador for Aficionados of Olive Oil
- Whether it’s Mom or Dad or Grad: Show Them You Really Care About Their Health!
- Fig and Blue Cheese Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
- May and June Pressing Matters
a word to our readers:
The release of the latest research from UC Davis seemed to hit the market with more of a whimper than a bang this time, despite the irrefutable evidence of continued quality issues with imported products. Don’t let these important findings go unnoticed. Tweet your customers, your retailer network and anyone else who can influence proper attention to this issue. Help us get the word out because poor quality and mislabeled products affect us all.
Antoinette Addison, Publisher
Texas “Liquid” Gold Rush
In 1994, a meeting was called in the San Antonio area for anyone interested in learning about olive trees and establishing a Texas Olive Oil Council for the new industry. A few of those attending thought it could be a hobby, and a majority of attendees, including agricultural experts from Texas A&M, said olives would never be viable in any form in Texas, much less an industry. A handful of Texans—a couple of ranchers, a few businessmen, and some modern day wildcatters decided to explore the idea and started planting in 1996. Read more >>
Weddings and the “Gift of the Gods”
– by Carol Firenze, The Passionate Olive
Harvesting, Transporting and Milling Methods Affect Oil Quality. It’s a FACT.
– by Antoinette Addison
In previous issues of Pressing Times, we have discussed the impact that olive varietals and time of picking have on the quality and taste of olive oil. A third critical factor is the way the olives are processed into oil. Even the best fruit, picked at the optimum time, will not yield a good and healthy product without a good milling process. Read more >>
Figueroa Farms: A Decade of Dedication
– by Caroline J. Beck
New UC Davis Research Extends Concerns Over Quality
– by Caroline J. Beck, Editor
Results from a second stage of research conducted by University of California Davis (UCD) were released today confirming concerns over the quality and authenticity of imported olive oils labeled as extra virgin and sold in the United States. Findings indicated that the quality level of the largest imported brands were inconsistent and regularly failed to meet international standards for extra virgin Read more >>
Carol Firenze: A Passionate Ambassador for Aficionados of Olive Oil
– as told to Caroline J. Beck
Whether it’s Mom or Dad or Grad: Show Them You Really Care About Their Health!
Fig and Blue Cheese Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
– by Barbara Harvie, Contributing Chef
Use fresh, sweet figs that pair perfectly with the tangy pepperiness of blue cheese. Figs come in many varieties; the color of the fig varies by variety, and it Read more >>
May and June Pressing Matters