Florida Olive News

North African Varieties for Low Chill Research

Most olives grown in Florida originate from European root-stocks.  These cultivars are acclimated to the weather on the northern rim of the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, Italy, Greece).  These areas generally receive sufficient chill (200 hours min.) to induce flowering.  Areas south of 1-4 (28 degrees N. Lat.) receive less than 200 chill hours* annually.  The Florida Olive and the UF-IFAS Department of Horticulture embarked on a program to find a “low chill” olive that will reliably produce south of 1-4 where greening disease (HLB) has decimated over 50% of the citrus groves.  Researchers believe there may be olive varieties native to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) more compatible with south-central Florida’s climate and soils. Click here to download.

Florida Olives in the News


Large shipment of olive oil to U.S. is fake – MailTribune/Associated Press

German Olive Oil Analysis Detects Fatal Flaws in 50% of Imported EVVO

Florida olive story in Greek publication (translated)

Olives as Alternative Crop   – FreshPlaza

U.S. International Trade Commission Testimony – Fair Olive Oil Trade –Truth in Olive Oil

Radio Interview  Alternative Crops for Florida –  WGCU Ft. Myers

 Growers Hope to Develop Olive Trees that Flourish in Florida Gainesville Sun

Olives Florida’s Next Big Crop?Tampa Bay Times

Richard Williams Interview   – WFTV  (30 sec commercial at head of clip)

UF-IFAS takes role in olive research – Grown In Georgia magazine

Olives Next Big ThingPalm Beach Post

Olives and Citrus Greening in FloridaOlive Oil Times

Olive Research at UF-IFASGainesville Sun

Retiree Proves Olives can Survive in Florida Panhandle – Orlando Sentinel

Olives: A High-Value Crop for Marginal Land – myfarmlife.com

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