Wayne Hoare in the Antipodean Produce Olive Grove in Dimboola
Wayne Hoare in the Antipodean Produce Olive Grove in Dimboola

Good things come to those who wait and for Wayne Hoar their olive plantation is finally producing oil after many years of nurturing. The olive trees of the business, Antipodean Produce can now offer some spectacularly high quality olive oil at a very reasonable price.

Back in 1999 Mr Hoar invested in planting olives trees in Cemetery road.  It took two years to plant out the 3,600 trees on a dry arid landscape.  The drought followed the planting and Wayne painstakingly hand watered the trees over the next ten years.

The first crop of the fruit was not available until 2011 and the production of the fine Dimboola Olive Oil was then commenced.   

The olives on the Antipodean Produce grove on Cemetery Road, Dimboola are pressed and the oil packed in a convenient two litre cask.

Apparently here are a few good reasons for the olive oil to be packed in casks rather than bottles. The major enemies of olive oil are light, air and high temperature. The cask provides a bladder that protects from the first two and good storage protects from excessive heat. The casks also use minimal plastic and a recyclable cardboard box.

To set the record straight about Olive Oil and Antipodean Produce we Asked Wayne Hoare a few questions.


What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?


Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality olive oil with the best flavour. It is produced from the first cold pressing of the olives and pits. Cold pressing means that heat or chemicals aren't part of the production process. It has an oleic acidity level of less than 0.8 percent, while ‘Virgin’ olive oil, without the word ‘extra’, is the oil produced from the second pressing.

What can it be used for?

“You can use extra virgin olive oil for anything you desire. In dressings, as a cooking oil, as a replacement for butter in baking, poured onto pasta, fish and meat, or as a dip with fresh crusty bread or even as a moisturiser,” says Mr Hoar...Extra Virgin Olive oil is healthy.  

Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil healthy?

“Many claims are made about the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  It is low in “bad fats”.  It is a common ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. It does taste good. Extra virgin olive oil also contains polyphenols which act as antioxidants, reducing the oxidative stress throughout your body,” he says.

What is Frantoio?

Frantoio is a variety of olive produced by Antipodean Produce. On the Antipodean Produce grove five varieties are grown - Frantoio, Leccino, Picual, Sevillano (Giant Spanish Queen) and Giant Kalamata.  The first three of these varieties are for oil, while the Sevillano and Kalamata are pickling olives for eating.

In May to July this year pickling olives will be available for self pickers. Late in 2018 all oil varieties will be available in casks, where each oil has its’ own distinctive flavour.

How long does olive oil last?

Wayne says, “Olive oil is best when consumed within two years of pressing though if stored well, it will last for several years.  Like any edible oil, the quality of the oil will decline with age.”

Is olive oil used for cosmetics?

“While most people think of olive oil as healthy to eat or cook with, its high concentration of mono-unsaturated fats, anti-inflammatory agents, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins which make it a natural beauty remedy as well,” he said.

How many calories are there in olive oil?

“All the calories in olive oil come from fat, which has nine calories per gram. One tablespoon of olive oil has 125 calories, which means a 1/2-cup serving has more than 1,000 calories. While the one tablespoon serving has 14 grams of fat, most of the fat is in the form of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.”

Can you fry in olive oil?

“Mediterranean cooks have been deep frying foods in extra virgin olive oil for a long time. A high-quality extra virgin olive oil smoking point (the temperature at which the oil begins to break down and smoke) generally is approximately 410 degrees Fahrenheit, giving you plenty of leeway for many types of cooking,” said Wayne.

Antipodean extra virgin olive oil costs about $1.50 per 100 grams ($29.99 per 2 litre carton).  “This compares favourably with the cost of other high quality olive oils and is in the mid range of prices for olive oil,” Wayne said.

Antipodean Produce olive oil is available throughout Dimboola and wider, at retailers such as the Dimboola IGA, Nhill IGA, Wimmera Native Nursery, Dimboola, The Good Paddock and Mason Clarke Coffee Shop in Dimboola.