INDIAN RESEARCHERS HAVE MADE WINE FROM OLIVE LEAVES
By Staff Reporter
A team of olive researchers funded by the state government of Rajasthan in India has brewed the world’s first olive wine from olive leaves, the US-based Olive Oil Times reported.
The new beverage was made from a specific variety of olive leaves, the team insisted to keep the exact recipe secret until the product has been patented.
The research project has received funding from the government of Rajasthan in northwestern India. It is operated as a joint venture between the state-run Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Limited (ROCL), Pune-based Finolex Palsson Industries and Israel’s Indolive Limited.
Yogesh Verma, Chief Operating Officer of ROCL, said he was personally impressed by the flavor of the olive wine and foresaw it being consumed “just like any other glass of wine.”
Unfortunately, descriptions on colour, aroma and flavour profile, acidity and alcohol levels are unavailable.
Once patented, the new drink will be hand-crafted in Rajasthan from olive leaves harvested from the 1,000 hectares of olive grove in the state's desert landscape and marketed as an exclusive Rajasthani beverage.
Verma believed that the beverage could become commercially available within a year and may attract interest from the global wine industry.
“Professional sommeliers will be testing the olive wine to ensure it meets the government of India’s wine standards,” he added.
The team claimed that olive wine offers many of the same health benefits as olive oil. They also said that further research will be conducted by Tripura, Jiwaji and Manipal universities to study olive wine’s health benefits.
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