Melbourne's Herald Sun has an article describing the use of olive oil in Greek Orthodox baptisms. The belief is that the oil acts as armour, protecting a baby in life against evil such as a curse. More here.
The Indian Olive Association wants the abolishment of a 45 per cent Customs duty on olive oil. More here. Meanwhile it is reported that Pakistan and Greece are likely to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in olive cultivation and olive oil production.
The journal Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies reports natural extracts from olive and grape showed better anti-microbial activity against a bacteria and yeast than three synthetic antioxidants, showing their potential as food preservatives. More here.
The price of high-quality olive oil produced in Israel is expected to rise by 20 percent. Haaretz reports the reason for the price increase is a poor olive harvest this year, as a result of 2006's dry winter and high temperatures in the spring.
Can Indian food be cooked in olive oil? Rasheeda Bhagat at Sify reports that when this question was posed to Indian chef Sanjeev Kapur at a promotion campaign for olive oil and table olives organised by the International Olive Council in Delhi this week, his reply was “Of course it can, that’s a no brainer”.