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The “High Quality European Olive Oil” campaign aims to raise awareness on the unique qualities of olives and olive oil among as wide an audience as possible. The campaign by Unaprol, the largest association of Italian olive oil producers, co-funded by the EU and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture has a mission to affirm the unique, recognizable […]

Tomato, Pesto and Olive Tart

Perfect for a laid-back weekend lunch, this impressive tart by Lakeland gives maximum flavour from minimum effort. Ingredients: 500g baby plum or cherry tomatoes 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 sheet ready-made puff pastry 2 tbsp pesto 55g pitted black olives 360g ricotta cheese Method: Preheat the oven to 220ºC/425ºF. In a […]

An Insiders Gourmet Guide to Tuscany

Olives, bread and wine form the ‘Trinity of the Table’ in Tuscany, and there is an impressive supporting cast behind them too. Wanda Djebbar explains just what it is that makes Tuscan cooking so good… With the region’s great agricultural heritage, it is not surprising that Tuscan food is strongly linked to the land. Most […]

A Small Living from Garlic & Olives

Stuart Haines shares the story of two brothers who returned to their native Abruzzo in order to reclaim their ancestral life, farming garlic & olives… The cost of milling a hundred kilos of olives goes up every year; every year a euro or two more!” Luca is explaining the realities of trying to make a […]

Harvesting Holidays

The olive harvest is something everyone should see at least once. If you have never experienced it yourself now is the time to earn your share of this year’s crop… Spirit of Italy Holidays Guests will visit an olive pressing facility and bring home a bottle of oil. Harvest Italia 2014, presented by Spirit of […]