The anatomy of an award-winning South African olive oil

Liquid gold it may be, but what goes into producing a bottle of extra virgin olive oil? We spoke to SA’s first female olive farmer of colour, Venishree Mayer, to find out

01 November 2020 - 00:00 By hilary biller

"We call ourselves accidental farmers," says Venishree Mayer who, together with her husband, Juergen, is behind the award-winning Adhara ( olive oil brand from .

Venishree grew up in a small sugarcane village of Darnall in KwaZulu-Natal. Her father worked at a local sugar mill. Her mother was a part-time Tamil schoolteacher...

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