Saturday, September 24, 2011

WaPo visits Georgia's olive groves

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 3:43 PM

The South Georgia olive oil business is growing big-time, according to the Washington Post, which ran a lengthy article on the subject by Bonnie S. Benwick a few days ago. Olives are not an altogether new crop:

"Table olives grew on Jekyll Island as late as the 1970s," says Gerard Krewer, a U-Ga. professor and horticulturist who has been tracking the progress of young olive trees planted in Lanier County.

Weather and good fortune permitting, Georgia's 2011 olives will be turned into liquid gold, not brined in jars. The statistics the Georgians like to recite hold a world of promise: The United States is the third-largest consumer of olive oil in the world. Consumption rose almost 8 percent from 2008 to 2009. And perhaps most important, 99 percent of the olive oil consumed by Americans comes from other countries: about 70 million liters in 2009 that cost us $700 million. (Most of it is labeled "extra-virgin.")

The video above is an interview with two olive growers. (H/T Lee Beasley)

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