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Peaches, peanuts, olive oil? Farmers enjoy fruits of Georgia's 1st olive crop since the 1800s
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) ' It's a far cry from peaches and peanuts: A Georgia farmer is giving a taste of the state's first homegrown olive oil in more than a century.
Jason Shaw, along with his brother and a cousin, planted olives in south Georgia two years ago and harvested their first 20-acre crop this fall. It yielded fruit for about 500 bottles of extra virgin olive oil, just enough to whet appetites of connoisseurs and chefs at a few select tastings.
What's exciting about Southern olive oil? Most of the world's production comes from just three countries ' Spain, Italy and Greece. What little gets produced in the U.S. comes from California, Texas and Arizona.
But olives aren't really new to the Southeast. Plantation owners grew them in Georgia until after the Civil War.