by AgroWeb on February 14, 2017

Albanians the biggest consumers of table olives, extra virgin goes to foreign market

Albania has an extraordinary potential for growing olives as it offers the best weather and soil conditions. A research conducted by AgroWeb.org , shows that while investments in increasing olive plantations and in processing industry are growing, the growth pace is still lagging regardless of these potentials. Therefore, our country compared to other Mediterranean countries, still has the ...

by AgroWeb on February 9, 2017

Living Smart, the Mediterranean Way of Being Albanian

Smart living gurus say it's easy: Eat more like a Mediterranean. Yes, your parents were right to push you to finish your veggies. The Mediterranean diet - one heavy on veggies, nuts and fruit, with limits on meat - is the way to go. Study after study has shown it is the key to help you live longer and puts you at a lower risk for cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It even keeps your brain younger...

by AgroWeb on February 1, 2017

Olive Colors - Black Versus Green

Are you a green-olive or a black-olive person? This is one of those mysterious dividing lines, like the gulf between lovers of milk and dark chocolate. Such choices feel as personal as the music we listen to or the perfume we wear. Yet our preferences are also shaped by fashion. With olives, there has been a notable shift greenwards. Black vs. Green Olives Olives have been known for centuries ...

by AgroWeb on January 26, 2017

Black Olives for an Evergreen Health

Black olives are very high in iron. The ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body is due to the presence of iron in the blood. If we suffer from a lack of iron, our tissues don't get enough oxygen, and we may feel cold or weak. Iron also plays a vital role in the production of energy. It is a necessary part of a number of enzymes, including iron catalase, iron peroxidase, and...

by AgroWeb on January 8, 2017

How to make the perfect olive paste

While there is still a little light left in the evenings, it's only right and proper to embrace every last opportunity to sit out a while with a well-chilled drink – heaven knows there will be time enough to huddle round the fire with a warming cup of tea once autumn girds its loins in earnest. To really string out that holiday feeling, you can't get much more Mediterranean than olive paste...

by AgroWeb on January 3, 2017

Infusing extra virgin olive oils in simple steps

Herb-infused olive oil is fantastic for making a special salad dressing, drizzling over a dish of pasta, or simply as an appetizer with chunks of great artisan bread. Making it yourself is super easy - and can make a great DIY gift to share with your friends! Start with the best ingredients you can find or afford. Using good quality olive oil, fresh herbs, and organic ingredients will give you a...

by AgroWeb on January 13, 2017

How to keep Extra Virgin Olive Oil from going bad

One ingredient cooks always need: olive oil. With its abundant uses, you might want to stock up on a few high-quality bottles, which also begs the question does olive oil ever go bad? OLIVE OIL SHELF LIFE Like almost any food, olive oil can absolutely reach a point when it spoils. Over time, things like air, heat, and light can all have an impact on the quality of the product as well as its ...

by AgroWeb on December 20, 2016

Olive Oil Always Better that Vegetable Oil

You might think that with a name like vegetable oil, it would be a pretty healthy choice for cooking and preparing foods. Unfortunately, while it may be appropriate for higher temp cooking, it’s also incredibly unhealthy. A manufactured “vegetable oil” is actually made from various grains, seeds, and beans, in which the oils are extracted from the solid material using hexane, a ...

by AgroWeb on February 28, 2017

Olive Oil and Lemon - The amazing Mediterranean combination

Before we start with this article, we would like to ask you a simple question – do you wake up exhausted in the morning and don’t have the energy for anything? Well, if your answer is yes, then you’re in the right place! Yes, you got that right – you just have to squeeze 1 lemon and mix it 1 tbs. of olive oil and you will use this mixture to the rest of your life. Albania...

by AgroWeb on February 24, 2017

Grilled Lemons – The Intense Savory Taste

Grilling lemons not only heats them up, which is nice for spritzing on hot food, but helps loosen up and release their juices. As a bonus prize for your effort, they look cool too. For people who like that charred flavor and a burst of sour, even sucking or chewing on one can be irresistible. If you happen to have Albanian lemons to grill, they are just sweet enough so that the cut surface will ...

by AgroWeb on November 4, 2016

Qeparo is Calling - Taste the South Albanian Olive Olive

This weekend, on November 5 - 6, 2016, USAID/Albania and AAC-Lushnja organize the Qeparo 2016 fair. During these two days you will be able to participate in various activities planned for this very interesting event. The key goal of Qeparo 2016 event is improving awareness of visitors, the area olive growers, school students and local and central institutions, to use good practices in the process...

by AgroWeb on November 2, 2016

Olive harvesting and processing | November 5, 2016 | Himara

This weekend, on November 5 - 6, 2016, USAID/Albania and AAC-Lushnja organize the Qeparo 2016 fair. During these two days you will be able to participate in various activities planned this event: 1st day. Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Olive harvesting and processing Place: HIMARA 14:00 – 16:00 Olive harvesting 16:00 – 17:00 Olive oil processing at “SKURAJ” factory 19:...

by AgroWeb on October 27, 2016

Where to buy the best olive oil in Albania?

Autumn marks the period of harvesting olive and processing the wonderful golden liquid known as the olive oil. Consumers face dozens of alternatives and brands of olive oil in their favorite markets. Those consumers who want a qualitative oil are faced with the choice of buying the most expensive oil they can or purchasing it directly from their favorite merchant. In an attempt to get the story ...

by AgroWeb on February 2, 2017

The Unique Values of a Good Olive Oil

One of the few fats that most people agree is healthy is extra virgin olive oil. This oil, part of the Mediterranean diet, is a traditional fat that has been a dietary staple for some of the world’s healthiest populations. The process of making extra virgin oil is incredibly simple… you just press the olives and the oil comes out. But there is still one major problem with olive oil&...

by AgroWeb on February 7, 2017

The Truth About Olive Oil in Albania - How To Tell if it’s Good

You must feel a strong scent of fresh olive, a nice bitter flavor in your mouth and a pungent sensation in the throat. Simply put, a good extra virgin olive oil is fruity, bitter and pungent. If we would award points (from a scale of 1-10) for the best smell and taste of an olive oil, then the aroma should receive a 10, bitterness a 5 and its pungency 7. “The taste of fresh harvested olives...

by AgroWeb on March 22, 2017

Olive Leaf Magic Benefits

Olive leaf was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt. It is gaining recognition as a powerful defender against sickness and numerous scientific studies have been conducted to investigate the extracts beneficial properties. The reported benefits of olive leaf extract range from promoting increased energy and healthy blood pressure, to supporting the cardiovascular system and the immune system. ...

by AgroWeb on November 25, 2016

Wild Olive Oil - The Ultimate Superfood

“If you touch that olive tree, you will say that you are touching a tree. But I will hear through its veins the buzz of the centuries that formed it”. This is how Greek writer Pieridis described oleaster, a wild olive tree that according to Greek myth used to grow in Olimpus, near the Temple of Zeus. Nowadays, oldest recorded olive tree in the world is located in Crete, Greece. ...

by AgroWeb on December 10, 2016

The Superpower of Albanian Liquid Gold

Do any of you know what makes the difference between an olive oil producer and an extra-virgin oil producer? Extra hard work. The process of producing “Extra” virgin olive oil includes delivering the fresh batch of olives to the mill every night. This is the only way that this fine oil of typical green colour, rich in taste and aroma and low in acidity can be produced. As Mr. Dhimit&...

by AgroWeb on June 13, 2016

Albania's Olive Oil Competition |June 17 2016

Friday, June 17, USAID/Albania, the Municipality of Tirana, the Albanian Olive Oil Association, and AAC - Lushnja will organize a street fair for Albania's National Olive Oil Competition! The fair will be open to the public from 10:00-20:00, at Frashëri Brothers square, in Tirana. More than 20 olive oil processing companies from all over the country will present their products during the ...

by AgroWeb on October 18, 2016

The Magnificent Duet of Olive Oil and Artichoke

Owning a grand, impressive and imposing posture and a stately manner, the artichoke definitely has royal qualities. Totally dignified, the artichoke stands alone erecting its head as if to reach the sky. The artichoke plant is actually a thistle; a thistle that has transformed itself into the king of vegetables. Each artichoke plant seems to have sovereignty over a small territory, a mere meter ...

by AgroWeb on May 9, 2016

Olives of Tirana - Between History and Business

The antiquity of olives tree in Albania is evident because there are currently a lot of secular exemplars especially in Tirana areas like Petrela, Lanabregas, Tufin, Prezë, Brret and Tujan, of old olive trees which have a perimeter up to 30 meters and which were evaluated up to 3000 years old. “Yes olive trees of Tirana are that old”, confirms Professor Hairi Ismaili who has ...

by AgroWeb on March 19, 2017

Olive Oil - The Albanian Healthiest Fat

Who doesn’t know olive oil? It is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet that adds flavor and life to our salads, pasta, seafood and to almost anything you pour it in. Luckily we do have plenty of it in Albania to satisfy one’s taste and to promote good health. The heritage of olives tree in Albania is evident because there are currently a lot of secular exemplars all over the ...

by AgroWeb on March 29, 2016

International Olive Oil Fraud

For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life's necessities-not just as food but also as medicine, and a beauty aid. Searching for the best highest standard olive oil, particularly for the extra virgin one has become a real treasury hunt. Times have changed. The international olive oil trade has become dirty. Mafia is now involved in the billion Euros worth business and consumers are not ...

by AgroWeb on November 14, 2015

Liquid Gold Time

Most of you may know that November is THE month for harvesting olives to produce olive oil here in Albania. But, do any of you know what makes the difference between an olive oil producer and an extra-virgin oil producer? Extra hard work. The process of producing “Extra” virgin olive oil includes delivering the fresh batch of olives to the mill every night. This is the only way that ...

by AgroWeb on September 21, 2015

Olive Oil - The healthiest fat on Earth

Who doesn’t know olive oil? It is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet that adds flavor and life to our salads, pasta, seafood and to almost anything you pour it in. Luckily we do have plenty of it in Albania to satisfy one’s taste and to promote good health. The heritage of olives tree in Albania is evident because there are currently a lot of secular exemplars all over the ...

by AgroWeb on June 19, 2015

Olives of Tirana, between myth and business

It is one of the most often cited trees in the religious books and its fruit, the soul of Mediterranean cooking. Indeed we are talking about the olive. It has served as a symbol of peace, life, and fertility for centuries and has shaped the landscape of Albania. History tells that Scanderbeg himself faced thirst of soldiers using dried olive fruits during the battles and to counteract the large-...

by AgroWeb on June 3, 2015

Olives of Tirana, between myth and business

It is one of the most often cited trees in the religious books and its fruit, the soul of Mediterranean cooking. Indeed we are talking about the olive. It has served as a symbol of peace, life, and fertility for centuries and has shaped the landscape of Albania. History tells that Scanderbeg himself faced thirst of soldiers using dried olive fruits during the battles and to counteract the large-...

by AgroWeb on May 22, 2015

Albanian Farmers to use Olive Waste as a Source of Light

A new project is being implemented in Albania by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aiming to transform the market for using organic waste from the olive oil and other industries for energy production. Turning olive oil into light? Albanians have witnessed it lots of time ago, well, in a primitive way. An oil filled lamp with a fiber wick immersed within so you can light ...

by AgroWeb on May 8, 2015

Albanian Farmers to use Olive Waste as a Source of Light

A new project is being implemented in Albania by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aiming to transform the market for using organic waste from the olive oil and other industries for energy production. Turning olive oil into light? Albanians have witnessed it lots of time ago, well, in a primitive way. An oil filled lamp with a fiber wick immersed within so you can light ...

by AgroWeb on April 24, 2015

Albanian Farmers to use Olive Waste as a Source of Light

A new project is being implemented in Albania by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aiming to transform the market for using organic waste from the olive oil and other industries for energy production. Turning olive oil into light? Albanians have witnessed it lots of time ago, well, in a primitive way. An oil filled lamp with a fiber wick immersed within so you can light ...