Following Olive Footprints (Olea europaea L.) - Cultivation and Culture, Folklore and History, Tradition and Uses
This book is a joint publication of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa (AARINENA) and the International Olive Council (IOC) - the 447 page olive compendium has been compiled in nearly two years by 99 authors from 41 countries distributed across the 7 continents of the world. Some of these countries are well known to researchers, scientists and the public, being large olive producers with prominent knowledge and research about all things olives; like Spain, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey and Egypt among so many others. Oliviculture in the new world has been well manifested through the contribution of countries like Argentina, Australia, USA, and Peru among others. The uniqueness of this book might be measured by the introduction of countries like China, Japan, Pakistan, Caucasus region and Saudi Arabia, where very few people around the globe knew that olive trees have been cultivated for quite some time. To inclusion of proper information and the adequacy and consistency of technical data provided in the book, a huge effort has been exerted by an Editorial Board of professional olive scientists and researchers under the leadership of Mohamed EL-Kholy, with full participation by Damiano Avanzato, Juan M. Caballero, Kostas Chartzoulakis and Facundo Vita Serman and the assistance of Enzo Perry. Readers, when opening this remarkable book for the first time, will quickly realize its documentary nature, being full of images that in many cases simplify and complement the text to near perfection. After digesting just a few pages, readers will also recognize the pivotal theme of the book - Olive and People. This book fits well to the needs of scientists, researchers, the ordinary reader and the whole family which makes it an adventure for the eyes, minds and souls. The main topics covered for each country include an Introduction, olive cultivation history, area under olive cultivation, olive cultivars, impact on economy and environment, cultural practices, processing methods of raw olives, traditions and culture, national cooking with olives and olive oil, popular medicinal and cosmetic uses, olive and tourism and olive wood and by-products uses. Mohamed EL-Kholy, Damiano Avanzato, Juan M. Caballero, Kostas Chartzoulakis, Facundo Vita Serman and Enzo Perry
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