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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

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


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

Olio Officina


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

Ceq Consortium to Guarantee Quality Extra Virgin 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


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


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


Trends in World table olive consumption

During the 25 years between the 1990/91 and 2015/16 seasons, world consumption of table olives increased 2.8 times. In 2015/16, the world’s top ten consumers were Egypt, Turkey, Algeria, the United States, Spain, Syria, Italy, Brazil, Iran, France and Russia. Looking at the countries in the European Union, we find that table olive consumption has risen by 70.6 pc

International Olive Council

Olives on display

An exhibition devoted to the “gentle mothers of oil”, as poet Vivian Lamarque defined olives in her celebrated acrostic published in “L'Aria dei Messapi”. The pictures taken by Fabio Lazzari depict fourteen varieties olive trees that are native to Apulia, a region in southern Italy

Olio Officina


The olives on the market

Many are the types of olives lining the supermarket shelves or on sale in the stands and stalls of country markets. They come in all shapes and sizes: cured, uncured, dehydrated, dried, black and so-called special olives

Maria Carla Squeo


Facts and myths about olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil is “fatter” than seed oils. Or heavier and therefore less digestible. Or even: olive oil that has passed its expiry date is bad for our health. These are just some of the many myths and misconceptions revolving around our precious olive juice. Here are some useful tips and interesting facts to shed some light on this topic

Giovanni Lercker, Stefano Cerni


Sensory evaluation errors

Panellists aren’t machines and are therefore prone to bias, but despite this, sensory evaluation is a cornerstone of oil assessment. Giuseppe Di Lecce, one of the most respected specialists in this field, describes the most common psychological and physiological factors influencing sensory verdicts

Olio Officina

The journey of the olives in the mill

Expertise. What happens when we bring our olives to the mill to extract their precious juice? Do we know what the various steps in the process are? What happens exactly throughout the stages of washing and defoliation, milling and malaxation, extraction and separation and what is the role of temperature in these processes? All we need to know.

Michele Librandi


How oil changes in time

How do olive processing techniques affect oil quality and storability? This topic demands the greatest attention. Producing quality is not enough. It is also necessary to preserve it

Giovanni Lercker


Commissioning and pre-start procedures

Expertise. Various problems may arise. How do we deal with them? Troubleshooting depends on the plant and machinery installed. Whom should we contact? It is always best to ask the manufacturer to send an expert over

Michele Librandi


Pure Umbrian Olive Juice

Umbrian Pdo olive oil is a guarantee. The certification allows us to know its precise origins and guarantee its quality according to clearlydefined methods of production. An entire region, with its olive groves and its oil mills, is united in the name of Pdo. It’s an identity which branches out into five distinct geographical areas showing its distinctiveness. Umbrian Pdo olive oil is also a community of people attempting to get the best out of a fruit which is a precious and wholesome raw matter

Olio Officina

A bounty of olives

The 2015 olive harvest in Carpino, a town in northern Apulia, Italy. A vision made of images. The farmers pick swiftly. Nobody can say that this year, there are no olives.

Olio Officina


The legendary oil from Italy

Italian oil has always been in great favour throughout the entire history of human civilization, but now the time has come for a new set of rules. Oleologist (oil specialist) Mr. Luigi Caricato has drafted a charter, underlining how any time can mark a new beginning for the Italian extra virgin olive oil producers. History consists of continuous steps forward, and these “Ten Commandments” define the roadmap for all future developments in this sector.

Olio Officina


The perception of quality

Much has been said about how our knowledge of extra virgin olive oils has increased among its consumers, and consequently, how we are now able to discern their true quality. But is it really so? Perhaps only in part

Luigi Caricato


The olive oil sensory evaluation

Choose A Flavour. Technical guide on the use of registered extra virgin olive oils. Sensory analysis is carried out by a “test panel”, i.e. an official tasting group of specialists qualified in using approved methods. A test panel is an essential tool for both checking oil quality highlighting the uniqueness of the end product

Ceq Consortium to Guarantee Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Bioconversion of olive mill waste waters

Expertise. How to manage vegetation water? Their direct application on agricultural lands brings positive effects but negative too. What to do? The aerobic treatments seem to be a solution. Up to now it has been tested a number of microorganisms, used in pure culture or pool cultivation. Also the composting represents a further useful strategy

Lucia Aquilanti, Andrea Osimani, Manuela Taccari, Cristiana Garofalo, Maurizio Ciani, Massimo Mozzon, Francesca Clementi


Olive identification

Alicia Suarez, from the Department of Flemish Art at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, is currently investigating the history of international trade between Flanders and other countries. Below is a picture by a 17th-century Flemish artist, depicting a plateful of olives. Of what variety?

Olio Officina


The High Quality decalogue

A series of rules and procedures to establish what to do and what to avoid in order to produce and preserve high quality olive oil in a perfect way. If these rules are respected, extra virgin olive oil will keep its High Quality characteristics until consumption

Ceq Consortium to Guarantee Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Describing sensory quality

Everybody keeps saying “it’s excellent, excellent”. Isn’t it so? We must trust their word. A select extra virgin olive oil can stir powerful emotions in us, and we must urge the consumers to perceive this unique, outstanding, quality. Are we sure that everybody gets it? Are we capable of communicating it properly?

Luigi Caricato

The Decalogue Ceq

A Guide to the conservation and use of high quality oils at home and in restaurants. The relationship between oil and consumers is not always easy. For this reason the Ceq, Consortium of extra virgin quality, gathered several practical suggestions for consumers

Olio Officina


Blends in ten steps

Great extra virgin oils originate from the ability to combine various batches of oil. Blending nowadays is the talk of the town, but only few have mastered this art. It is an essential, pivotal operation that plays a key role in characterizing a complex and heterogeneous material such as olive oil

Luigi Caricato


Her Majesty the Coratina olive

Oils produced in Puglia from Coratina olives are ideal condiments in low-calorie diets. The features and virtues of this cultivar, native of southern Italy, were the focus of Qoco, a successful festival organized by the town of Andria that was recently held in Milan

Maurizio Servili


A sky with olive trees

How many of us have gazed up to the sky, looking for answers? Have you ever seen the clouds conversing with the branches of olive trees?

Luigi Caricato