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Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 8:01pm

Olives Return To Georgia

Updated: 3 years ago.
Olive tree growing in South Georgia (photo courtesy Georgia Olivce Farms)

Georgia’s first commercial olive harvest since the 1800’s has been turned into olive oil. Growers are already planting thousands of new trees. South Georgia Grower Jason Shaw just got his oil back from a mill in South Texas.

“As far as the initial flavor it’s really good. It’s a very mild kind of buttery flavor, which is really what I was hoping for.”

Now he’s waiting for professionals to taste and grade it.

“To truly taste the oil you have to, to sip it and let it get some air, and it’s almost like you slurp it.”

Shaw says his nearly 16,000 trees will be at full production in two years. For now he says “Georgia Olive Farms” limited supply of olive oil will be sold to chefs looking for local produce.

Ninety-nine percent of olive oil consumed in the U.S. comes from other countries with most domestic supply coming from California.

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