Bactrocera oleae go away

bad olives

For those that produce olive oil seeing their olives eaten by the fly is heart breaking. The Sabines has only had a couple days of winter this year and I wonder if it was enough to kill off the bugs. Here is an article that writes about the “best olive oils in a bad harvest” that made it through this tough year and recaps the whole olive fly problem.  You can read the article here.

How to purchase EVOO

Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the most sophisticated of juices and unless you are in the heart of the creation of this juice it is easy to not know what you have. Here is a great article I found that helps with knowing what Extra Virgin Olive Oil really is.
Read it on healthimpactnews.

When it is cold in Italy

when italy is cold

As we monitor the weather day in and day out hoping that winter  will do what it has to do to keep the cycle churning, here  is an article that talks about the legends behind the cold days in Italy.
read the article on the ItalyMagazine




Starting 2015 with a good freeze.



It was a horrible olive year. But the first thing that happened in 2015 was a good freeze that hopefully eliminated some of the bugs. An article on this subject on The Local.


Taste of time


The Sabine area in the Lazio region does not an boast an easy climate. No rolling hills and soft earth like in other regions.  Trees endure harsh weather and struggle to survive. You can see their struggle and taste it in the richness and complexity of the oil.  More about this tree…..

What happened in 2014

bad olive crop 2014
What happened in 2014 to harm the Italian olive harvest so much.
“Amid Bugs, Hail, Floods and Bacteria, Italian Olives Take a Beating”
Read the article ( NY Times )