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SA Olive Gold Winner: Tokara Estate

Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.

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ABSA TOP 10: De Rustica Olive Estate

Following the announcement of the 2017 #SAOliveAwards & #AbsaTop10 Olive Oils Awards in South Africa, we are presenting a series of interviews with each Gold winning producer.

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Master Chef SA judge Benny to MC at ABSA TOP 10 AWARDS

We are delighted to announce that Master Chef SA judge Benny Masekwameng will be the MC at this year’s prestigious ABSA TOP 10 Olive Oil awards to be held at Val de Vie on 27 September 2017. Guests will be treated to a tasting of the top finalists followed by an unrivaled olive oil inspired culinary experience.

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SA Olive Beginners Tasting Course

The SA Olive Beginners Tasting Course at Nelson Wine Estate in Paarl welcomed a number of Extra Virgin Olive Oil enthusiasts from all over South Africa.

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Tips For Storing Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Storing your Extra Virgin Olive Oil correctly can optimise its shelf-life for prolonged enjoyment. The olive harvest takes place between March and June/July in the Southern Hemisphere; the fresh oils are available by August/September in the same year.

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Tips For Purchasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil

To ensure that you, the foodie, always chooses the best quality locally produced extra virgin olive oils, SA Olive has introduced a seal of authenticity referred to as the Commitment to Compliance (CTC) Scheme.

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Follow The Olive: Olive Oil Extraction – Producing High Quality EVOO

To produce a high quality extra virgin olive oil with a fresh and fruity flavour it is essential to use sound fruit and keep all equipment clean at all time.

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Follow The Olive: Olive Oil Extraction – Separation

Olive Oil is extracted from the pulp after malaxation using horizontal centrifuges (decanters) which have replaced the cumbersome hydraulic presses of the previous century.

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Follow The Olive: Olive Oil Extraction – Crushing

The olive fruit contains around 12 – 30% oil by mass, depending largely on cultivar, maturity stage and environmental conditions.

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Follow The Olive: Harvesting Oil Olives

Oil Olives, unlike table olives, are not selected individually at harvest, but instead, individual trees are selected for the degree of ripeness of most of the fruit on them and these trees are picked clean. Trees on which most of the fruit is still green are left for picking at a later date.

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