Following the olive oil in the Galilee: “For me only Israeli olive oil” with the quality mark

A small jug, a small jug, eight days we gave… A tour ahead of Hanukkah between olive groves and cloth fabrics, businesses and entrepreneurs, tourism and agriculture, intriguing communities and good people

In the center of the olive branch of the Plant Council at Hanania Farm. Photo by Shosh Lahav

“A small pitcher, a small pitcher, eight days which he gave. The whole nation was amazed, from which it was filled. All the people gathered together and proclaimed: Ah, this is a miracle! If it were not for this pitcher, our temple would not have been lit. ” We are all familiar with this endearing Hanukkah song, the lyrics of which were written by Aharon Ashman. Since the holiday of Hanukkah is imminent, and it is also the holiday of the miracle of the jug of oil, we went on a press tour organized by Ministry of Tourism, Galilee Development Authority andThe olive branch in the Plant Council, Following the olive oil in the Lower and Upper Galilee, which can no doubt be called the “Land of Olives.”

As part of the tour, we were introduced to the activities of the Galilee Development Authority, by Gila Yaakovi Gurevitz – Head of Tourism and Culture at the PA: The Olive Festival, the village you visited and the Bedouin experience; We met (again) by Safi Keyboard – Responsible for non-Jewish tourism in the PA, for the tourism project “Kfar Bikratam” – the Druze and Circassian experience; We visited two Druze villages in the Galilee: Maghar – where we met the mayor Fried Ganem And senior municipal officials, and in Ein al-Assad – where we met with Abdullah Salameh – Chairman of the community committee and tourism coordinator and owner of a spacious guest house with a spectacular view; We arrived at the “Northern Oil” oil mill in Ma’ar where he hosted us William mummified – from the owners of the place, who explained the stages of olive oil production;

At Hanania Farm, we received a historical glimpse and guidance on the challenges of the olive industry, from my mouth Uri Yogev – CEO of the Olive Branch at the Plants Council, and here we also experienced a guided olive oil tasting with Dr. Mazen Ali Head of the North Panel in the Olive Council; We finished by visiting the visitor center at the farm’s olive factory The Jahshan family In front of a cylinder; Representatives of the Ministry of Tourism: Anat Shichur Office Spokeswoman andAryeh Tzadok – The head of domestic tourism, notes that the tourism industry brought about 21 billion shekels a year to the state coffers. During the Corona period, which severely affected tourism and tourists, the Ministry of Tourism took the time to develop new tourism products. The firm encourages tourism entrepreneurship and grants grants to local authorities for the development of tourism infrastructure.

The Galilee is also the “Land of Olives.” Photo by Shosh Lahav

The issue of olive oil has gained momentum in recent years, mainly due to studies indicating the health properties of the olive industry, and the Israeli olive industry has gained a good reputation due to the fine olive oil produced in the country. The Olive Branch of the Plant Council is in direct contact with growers to assist with research and training, professional knowledge, collaboration in technology development and information on state-of-the-art mechanization. The olive industry trusts in maintaining the quality of olive oil in Israel and maintains regular control over the oil mills. Any container or bottle of olive oil signed with the stamp of the quality mark of the olive branch, indicates the control and quality of the oil. The council is also fighting counterfeits of both Israeli and foreign oils. As the saying goes: the freshest, healthiest, most Israeli!

The olive branch is located on the Hanania farm near Kibbutz Parod. This is a historic farm which was used by the first British Commissioner as his summer home, and has become an experimental farm for growing and improving varieties of olive trees. After the British left, the farm was handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture. The farm managers uprooted all the fruit trees except the olive trees. During the Sinai War, the farm manager, Shimon Lavie, came to Kadesh Barnea where he came across two varieties of olive trees that were unfamiliar to him. In his lab at the Volcanic Institute he examined the cuttings he had taken from them and planted them at Hanania Farms. One variety was called “Kadesh” (which did not succeed) and the other Barnea – which is one of the leading varieties in olive growing in Israel and was even sent for export.

Ma’ar (Marar), the first Druze city in Israel

The first Druze village to become a city! The Minister of the Interior, Ayelet Shaked, said during the declaration of the settlement as a city: “Ma’ar has proven itself and it deserves to move forward and be an important city in Israel. This is further proof of the brave and strong bond between the Druze community and the Jewish people. This partnership is reflected not only in security but also in civilian life. ” Mahar currently has about 24,000 residents (two-thirds of them Druze, and the rest are Christians and Muslims), and according to the approved plans, the city is expected to have about 30,000 residents in the coming years. Majar’s special location, within the Great Olive Valley in the Lower Galilee, towards an observation point on the Sea of ​​Galilee and its surroundings, makes it a pastoral and unique city.

The city is located on the slopes of Mount Hazon, between Nahal Zalmon and Nahal Tefahot and the settlement was established during the Roman period. In Maghar you can visit the ancient village of Almansura and ancient and innovative cloth houses, the church and mosques and taste the authentic food and the best oriental sweets in the place. Here you will also find a wide range of extensive art activities for a unique cultural visiting experience. Many of the residents make a living from farming olives and growing herbs and herbs among the olive trees, and in the words of the mayor: “We were a village of olives, and we remain a city of olives.”

Ein al-Assad, a beautiful village with a spring in its heart. Photo by Shosh Lahav

Ein al-Assad, the Druze village in the heart of Maayan

Ein al-Assad is a tiny Druze village, located in the Upper Galilee at the foot of Mount Kfir, on a steep slope overlooking the spectacular view of the Beit Hakerem Valley in the early 120s. The village has a wide range of accommodation options in B & Bs with royal accommodation and activities in the vicinity of the locality located near Road 85. In the village you can stay and get to know the Druze community and culture, including many accommodation options.

We stayed at the Mitzpeh two days estate – Ahuzat HaMukhtar and heard explanations about the place and the village from Abdullah Salameh, the owner of the place and chairman of the community committee and the tourism coordinator. It is a particularly large and historic structure, which was the palace of the Mukhtar. Authentic arches and particularly spectacular murals. A swimming pool that draws its water from the Ein al-Assad spring. The landscape spaces envelop the mansion just like an exciting gift wrap. The settlement is located in the heart of the Mount Meron Nature Reserve, within a peaceful settlement. The entrance floor is a kind of lobby and dining room and upstairs there are 7 very large bedrooms, which can accommodate up to 30 people together. For details: 050-7435759

William is mummified in the North Oil press. Photo by Shosh Lahav

Two oil presses, visitor centers and olive oil production

During the tour we visited two stations for the production and sale of olive oil and a variety of olive products:

* The “Northern Oil Raif” oil mill, Managed by William mummified – From the few oil mills that continue to operate for farmers in the area and cooperate with the “olive branch”, in a project to prove the feasibility of regional differentiation of the unique olive oils from the ancient plantations of Maghar and the Galilee. We saw how olive oil is produced and understood the process better. You can see here all the stages of oil production. Farmers bring the harvested olives there, and put them in a small rinsing pool, from where they are lifted on a conveyor belt to a crushing facility, from there to a facility that separates the water and water, and the oil is transported through special pipes to filtration systems and from there to a bottle. Just like the Raif factory slogan: “From the tree to the bottle.”

Jahshan Farm: A major producer of olive oils in the Galilee and Israel, we visited the new plant and the visitor center in the “Kidmat Galil” industrial area. The harvest season has begun and Jashahn’s representatives have been featured on Paula and Leon’s TV show featuring homemade olive oil, traditional olives, lava and hyssop. You are invited to watch the interview and of course to attend the harvest celebrations at Jahshan’s oil press in Kalanit on Saturday 20.11. On site: cloth house, workshops, instruction, film and of course tasting pitas with olive oil, hyssop and cheese straight from the oven. The Christian Jahshan family is one of the oldest oil producers in the country, and the current director, Hani Jahshan, Is the seventh generation to operate the family oil mill. It is not for nothing that “Jahshan” has become synonymous with quality olive oil. Their visitor center has a lecture hall where a video about the olive oil and the history of the Jahshan family is shown, and as in their slogan, they do “respect nature.”

for further details”:
Go Galil website go.galil.gov.il

“Kfar Bikratam” website https://kfar.galilgov.co.il/

The quality products of Jahshan Farm. Photo by Shosh Lahav
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