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Albanians, Top Global Consumers of Table Olives
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Albanians, Top Global Consumers of Table Olives

TIRANA, August 3 Albanian produced 98,313 tons of olive in 2019, official data from the agriculture sector confirmed. A year-over-year comparison shows that the numbers fall behind compared to 2018 when olive production reached 117,573 tons or nine percent more than in 2017. In the meantime, olive oil production in 2019 was 20,038. Only 174...

Buy Local! Support Albanian Food Products
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Buy Local! Support Albanian Food Products

TIRANA, April 17 Stuck at home: Take a look at your fridge, or pantry. How much of what you buy and consume is Albanian? The COVID-19 lockdown might be the best opportunity to evaluate your lifestyle and how your choices can help the environment, local businesses, Albanian producers and farmers. Some tips First, cultivate some...

The Monks’ Olive Oil Legacy at Ardenica Monastery
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The Monks’ Olive Oil Legacy at Ardenica Monastery

TIRANA, October 28 From Trappist Beer to wine, cheese, and even cannabidiol tinctures in California, monks and nuns from all over the world are famous for making some delicious and high-sought-after products. It is widely known that many regional products from Medieval Times in Europe were made by monks. What about Albania? What is the...

Bid on Olive Trees Database Launched
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Bid on Olive Trees Database Launched

TIRANA, May 3 An olive tree database will be developed in Albania. The Center of Agriculture Technology Transfer in Fushe-Kruja launched a bid on the establishment of a national database for olive trees, Scan TV reported on Friday. The project will further benefit the development of policies for the cultivation of olive trees and olive...

Kuksi, Tropoja’s Blueberries, Chestnuts, and Honey Registered as National Trademarks
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Kuksi, Tropoja’s Blueberries, Chestnuts, and Honey Registered as National Trademarks

TIRANA, December 11 A list of products and goat breeds from the Albanian highlands are now registered as unique brands. According to the General Directorate of Patents and Trademarks, the list of products includes honey from Malesi e Madhe, Chestnut Honey from Tropoja, Chestnut Honey from Malesi e Madhe, Tropoja Blueberries, and Kuksi Blueberries. The...

How Much Olive Oil do Albanians Consume per Year?
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How Much Olive Oil do Albanians Consume per Year?

TIRANA, December 3 Olive oil production and exports show a year-over-year increase even though at a slow pace. The annual average of olive production in Albania is between 90,000 and 100,000 tones. In the meantime, the average olive oil production is between 17,000 and 20,000 tones mainly represented by extra-virgin and virgin olive oil. However,...

Where to Find Olive Oil in Albania
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Where to Find Olive Oil in Albania

TIRANA, November 12 There are more than 12 million olive trees in Albania. More than ten percent of those trees are aged 1,000-3,000 years  Olive oil or the ‘liquid gold’ as it was called by Homer, is the most valuable component of the Mediterranean diet. November is the best time of the year to find...

Olive Cultivation on the Rise in Albania
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Olive Cultivation on the Rise in Albania

TIRANA, October 13 Mid-October marks the beginning of olive harvest season in Albania. Olive cultivation in Albania is focused in the south-central, southwestern and southern areas as they offer the right soil and climate conditions. Based on the data provided by the International Olive Oil Council, where the country adhered in 2009, Albanians consume 10kg...

Albanians Consume 10 kg of Olives per Year
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Albanians Consume 10 kg of Olives per Year

TIRANA, January 9 Olive consumption has increased in Albania. According to the data provided by International Olive Oil (IOO), the annual consumption is ten kilograms per capita. “Albania has a total production of 29,000 tons of olives for 2,895,000 people, thus it results in an annual consumption of 10 kg per person,” IOO’s report says....