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BİLGE AĞAÇ MAGAZINE/ Don't miss this opportunity...

Prof. Dr. Mücahit Taha Özkaya in the 15th issue of Bilge Ağaç magazine dated April 2024; " It was also determined by the tests carried out at the University of Cordoba, Spain, that the Rabbit Heart variety olive oil has the highest oleocanthal content among other varieties in the world," he said.

Mücahit Taha Özkaya Rabbit Heart Olive Variety
Mücahit Taha Özkaya Rabbit Heart Olive Variety


Ankara University Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, Lecturer Prof. Dr. Mücahit Taha Özkaya said, "The perfectly produced natural extra virgin olive oil of the Rabbit Heart and Beylik olive varieties and the Black Olive type were tested in terms of some important minor components by taking samples in two seasons and from different locations. If samples were taken from all three olives in the 2019-20 season and it was a matter of producing olive oil." Even the olive oil of the 'Black Olive' type was not analyzed as it was found to be defective. When the product was not harvested in the 2020-21 season, it was not possible to produce olive oil from 'Black Olive'. With this study, the information given as the olive variety with high oleocanthal level in the project we had previously carried out. "Antalya should take advantage of this opportunity," he says.


Assoc. Prof. stated that the amount of vegetable oil produced in the world is approximately 200 million tons, of which 3 million tons is olive oil. Dr. Özkaya said, "Approximately 70-75 percent of this olive oil is consumed by the producing countries. Our country's vegetable oil need is approximately

"Considering that there are 2.5 million tons and 150-170 thousand tons of this is met by olive oil, it can be seen that olive oil alone is not enough to meet the vegetable oil need for both the world and our country," he says.


Assoc. Prof. stated that there are elements that distinguish olive oil from other vegetable oils and that it is the only oil that does not need refining because it is the fruit oil of a fruit tree that can live for 3 thousand years. Dr. Mücahit Taha Özkaya points out that the cost of production is much higher than other vegetable oils due to its unique structure and adds: "Rabbit Heart is a variety with high potential. Therefore, it should be popularized in the region and brought into the economy with its fruit and oil."


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