Olive Oil Harvesting – One Year

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Saturday 20 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

In the preceding four part series, we looked at, preparing for, harvesting and processing olives to make our olive oil. But what was the end result like? Well, here is an end-to-end overview…

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Olive tree flower buds

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Olive tree blossom

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Baby olives

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Maturing olives

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Grown-up olives

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Harvesting

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Maturing and bagging

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Processing

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** OLIVE OIL **

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First of all, the glass on the left is new oil’ and is therefore still a little cloudy. I’ll leave that at least two months before selling any from that batch. Comparatively, the glass on the right is from last year’s harvest.

You may also note how green the oil is compared to the commercial stuff. This year it was a mixed harvest, with around 15% of the fruit still green by the time we got to the factory. Much of my trees are still 50% green when I harvest, but they ‘mature’ even when waiting in that huge pile for up to six weeks (if regularly and liberally salted).

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15 thoughts on “Olive Oil Harvesting – One Year

  1. Mei-Mei says:

    Thanks for showing us the process, really fascinating 🙂

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  2. dayphoto says:

    I’ll bet the trees smell heavenly when they bloom. We have a weed tree here called Russian Olive; their smell is delightful!

    Linda
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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Rarely notice it, as it’s around the same time that the valley blossoms its citrus trees – so 500,000 citrus trees kind of take over on the fragrant side of life 🙂 My wife works away, so tends to breathe in heavily upon arriving home late each Friday !

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  3. Dragnfli says:

    Thank you for the journey from bud to bottle! Very interesting.

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  4. joannesisco says:

    I really enjoyed this series of posts … it was so interesting 🙂

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  5. Rajiv says:

    Nice… Looks nice and clear..

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  6. Gill McGrath says:

    Hi Spike Your bird is on line! Gill 🙂
    (Love Olives) Looks like liquid gold!

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  7. Wonderful stuff isn’t it? As a boy I remember no one used olive oil in the UK. It wasn’t on the shelves at the corner shop that’s for sure but you could get small bottles at the chemist and it was used for softening ear wax! People who went to Spain or Italy complained about the food because it was swimming in oil! I don’t even remember when it became popular in this country, possibly in the 1990s?

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  8. Yvonne says:

    Your oil looks so lovely, like liquid green gold.

    I now have a little appreciation for what we need to spend to get a good oil!

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