Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

December, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

The Olive Oil Source
If you can't find what you want to know about olive oil at Olive Oil Source, the info may not exist. I enjoyed reading the detailed steps to sampling and evaluating olive oils that are similar to wine tasting rituals. Download a tasting sheet that will guide you to distinguishing color, aroma and flavor attributes. The site offers useful info on cooking with olive oil, such as a conversion chart from butter amounts, as well as olive oil's health and beauty attributes. Looks through the many events and competitions centering on olive oil.


Curing Olives
I know folks who moved into homes with existing fruiting olive trees and decided to make the best of the situation by curing the olives! Although not technically a book, University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers a free publication that details everything you need to know to cure olives safely. Olives: Safe Methods for Home Pickling explains when to harvest for various uses, including a photo comparison of different stages of ripeness. The publication provides detailed instructions for making water-cured, brine-cured, dry salt cured, and lye-cured olives. Download it at


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