Tuscan Olive Oil Producer Bellucci Premium Comments on University of Arizona Students’ Efforts to Make Olive Oil from Campus Olive Trees

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Following an article that explains how college students arranged to harvest olives that grow on campus in an effort to produce olive oil, Bellucci Premium makes a statement.

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Bellucci Premium responds to the efforts of students at the University of Arizona (UA) to make olive oil from olive trees located on campus.

According to the Daily Wildcat article published on November 12th titled “UA community harvests campus olive trees to make olive oil,” students helped gather olives from trees located on the UA campus on Veterans Day, November 11th.

The article shares how the UA Green Fund, Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF), supported the harvest of the trees. 27 trees, consisting of Mission and European olives, were harvested. This is the first time that olives have been harvested on campus. The organization will reinvest any money made from sales of the oil back into the project. “We’re trying to find a way to support the olive harvest in the longer term without having to go to the Green Fund for every penny,” said Melanie Lenart, the project manager of LEAF.

The olives will be sent to Queen Creek Olive Mill, where they will be turned into olive oil. The olive oil will be available for purchase the following year. LEAF intends to continue the harvest every year and hopes that “the olive harvesting project can serve as a reminder that local and natural food is still available to people,” says the article.

“It is great to see that a community is coming together to take advantage of what nature has given us,” says Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Tuscan olive oil producer Bellucci Premium. “Hopefully the students at UA can find a way to fund the harvest so it continues every year.”

Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.


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