Orange Crop Yields to Olive Harvest

Orange Crop Yields to Olive Harvest

With Florida’s orange crop decimated by greening disease, the agricultural community is fast looking for alternatives, including olive harvesting. But there may be mixed results, despite the low-maintenance potential. Olive trees require a certain number of chill hours per year to produce at maximum output, suggesting that Florida’s sub-tropical climate may be ill-suited for the experiment. Still researchers are optimistic. Quality control features may help to drive olive-oil demand; imported oil has a tarnished reputation. At this time, Florida-produced olive oil may be limited to a few hundred gallons annually; it is not a mass-market product.

Learn more at the Palm Beach Post.

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