Robert Zecca, a member of the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) Board of Directors and until recently president of the Californian Olive Oil Council, has praised the quality of New Zealand Olive Oil as reported here.
2005 olive oil produced in New Zealand is reported to be good despite a challenging season in that country.
Meanwhile across in Australia, the ABC reports, Melbourne Markets’ Vicki Leng is on a visit to the Mildura Show to celebrate the region’s fresh local produce. Leng was offering out free tastings of stir-fried baby asparagus with local olive oil, ginger, sweet chilli sauce and Murray River salt to show goers.
"I really love cooking. A lot of people don't enjoy it as much as me because they’re really busy, and also I think there's the perception that vegetables are quite difficult and time consuming to prepare."
"That’s why I like working with the fresh produce industry … if we can give people a first hand experience of a five-minute recipe and it tastes great, they’re more likely to have the confidence to go home and cook that and start themselves off using fresh produce."
the olive blog has had a number of posts recently about olive oil in New Zealand so have added a new category. Past posts still rest under the Australian category. Anyway a longish article on Robert Zecca's visit to New Zealand and his presentation on Kiwi and Italian olive oil.