Flavor Your Life Explains How Climatic Conditions of Where Olives Are Harvested Can Affect the Quality and Price of Different Olive Oils, Such as Italian Olive Oil

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The European Union funded campaign Flavor Your Life discusses the impact climatic conditions of where olives are harvested can have on olive oil quality and price.

Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil industry news, discusses the effects that climate has on olives used to produce olive oils, such as Italian olive oil, and how climatic conditions are linked to quality and price.

As with any agricultural product, the quality of olive oil is strongly influenced by the climatic conditions in which the olives used to make it are grown. If the olive tree is badly affected by drought, humidity, frost, or hailstorms, particularly during the summer and spring when the olive fruit grows, the quality can be negatively affected. All of these elements can contribute to poor harvests of low quality olives.

The olive tree is a secular plant. This means it lives in strong symbiosis with the environment where it is placed. The olive tree then acquires a ‘genetic code’ specific to the characteristics of the area in which it grows. The result is that subtle changes in the microclimate will change the value of the overall quality of the yield. Oil obtained from the same olive tree can differ in quality from one harvest to the next due to weather and climactic conditions.

The quality of olives used for olive oil, like Italian olive oil, can be fickle and inconsistent. This creates a situation in which producers are ultimately faced with the challenge to offer a product with a taste as consistent as possible.

Flavor Your Life, a campaign supported by the European Union, Unaprol and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news and health information about European extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil enhances the flavors of your recipes while providing health benefits. Flavor Your Life campaign, the voice of olive oil production quality control, aims to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing olive oil.


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