Story: Citrus, berries, exotic fruit and nuts

Gidon Blumenfeld

Gidon Blumenfeld

Israeli horticulturalist Gidon Blumenfeld founded New Zealand’s commercial olive oil industry. When he retired to Marlborough in 1986, he imported olive plants from Israel and planted a grove near Blenheim. The trees produced high-quality olive oil. Other growers followed his lead and began planting productive Italian and Israeli cultivars on the east coasts of both main islands. These trees now form the basis of New Zealand’s olive industry.

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Sandy Scarrow, 'Citrus, berries, exotic fruit and nuts - Nuts and olives', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 January 2023)

Story by Sandy Scarrow, published 24 Nov 2008