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Monday, April 15, 2013

Olive harvest










Earlier this year we started to make plans to pick our olive crop involving a weekend of friends, olive picking and perhaps an evening spent by the wood oven sharing tasty food.   Other commitments came along and last week Terry and our generous friend Matt picked 200 kg of olives, almost all in one day.  The kids and I picked some too, but mostly we made lunches and morning tea and kept the home fires burning, so to speak.  

Maybe next year we will make a weekend of it.

Using a press owned by our local olive co-op we pressed around 28 litres of oil.

Tasting oil that has literally just been pressed is an amazing experience.   Our oil is a vibrant green colour and tastes very fresh and slightly bitter.  The bitterness may diminish as the oil settles down in the containers.  The oil has so much more character than the usual supermarket variety olive oil, we are thrilled with the results.  

Are you creating or cooking or harvesting anything at the moment?  Please share.

Have a great week whatever you are up to.  

Jane 

40 comments :

  1. Oh how lovely! I'd volunteer for picking - takes me back to that scene in Under the Tuscan Sun. To taste freshly pressed olive oil must be incredible. We actually just went to our first Olive Oil Tasting and information night last week! We were introduced to products from Australian family-owned company Mount Zero Olives too.

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    1. Thanks Lucent, the oil tasting evening would have been very interesting!

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  2. Great pics Jane! When you say 'kept the home fires burning' you mean 'took photos and composed a blog post in my head' right?!

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  3. What an amazing experience! I cannot get over how green the oil looks...

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    1. Thanks Mel, yes it is very green.

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  4. This is the stuff dreams are made from. How wonderful to have your own olive oil I can image the taste!

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    1. Thank you Anna, I almost cannot believe it myself, it is a food dream come true!

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  5. what a wonderful glimpse into another life! it looks romantic and bucolic, but i'm sure it was a lot of hard work.
    i am not harvesting much at the moment, but planting up in preparation for future seasons :-)

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    1. Thanks e, yes is does involve hard work but as you know it is rewarding work!

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  6. EWE BEAUTY .... the ultimate job satisfaction! well done guys!

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  7. Picking olives is not for the faint hearted Jane!!! Well done to get so much in one go. Enjoy :)

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    1. Thank you Kate, it was great that you guys could join in the olive fun!

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  8. The colour is so vibrant. Such a rewarding activity picking and pressing the olives must be.
    x

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    1. Thank you Zara, the colour is lovely!

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  9. Wonderful Jane. So much warmer looking than our apple pressing day - if only I could just nip over to join in and then you could come back to help with the cider making!

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    1. Thanks Anne, wouldn't it be lovely to be able to share these activities with like minded friends. At least we can share through our blogs!

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  10. Your photos are so wonderful... they almost make me want to try olives again (not a big fan of them). But what an amazing experience to be harvesting your beautiful produce! well done.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Georgina, thanks for your generous words!

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  11. Jane, look at the colour and viscosity of that oil! That is just absolutely wonderful, thanks for sharing the photos! I'm very excited for you! :)

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    1. Thank you Celia, it is exciting!

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  12. how wonderful to be producing your own olive oil jane..i think i remember reading in one of your earlier posts that it's a business venture..do you plan on selling just locally or do you envisage becoming more commercial?

    i bet your sourdough bread dipped in that oil is a sublime combination!

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    1. Thanks Jane. We have not produced enough to sell yet but one day we hopefully will. In the meantime we can keep ourselves and friends supplied in oil! The oil is a good match for homemade bread.

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  13. Wow I'm green with envy Jane, that Olive oil looks amazing! And 200 kilos handpicked by two men is an achievement on its own accord!! Just out of curiousity how many tree's produced all those olives?

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    1. We picked these olives from about 20 trees. Although we have approximately 200 trees they did not all bear fruit this year. This is normal, I believe.

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  14. Great stuff Jane it`s a good job done...we pick this week...that`s if there are enough olives left on the trees after the emus keep having snacks...was thinking of you making bread and devouring deliciously fresh oil!!!

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    1. Good luck with your picking Paula!

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  15. I like that you and the kids 'kept the home fires burning' - lovely expression and use of it. I am green with envy at your home-grown, home-pressed oil ... what a lovely experience and one you will enjoy for much of the year with your 28-litres worth. Enjoy it, after all, you worked hard for it.

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    1. Thank you Rachel, we are very fortunate to have the space to be able to take on such a venture!

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  16. Hi Jane, I just saw your comment on Rohan's blog (Whole Larder Love) and saw the words 'Western NSW' as the location and thought, I wonder if that's someone from my home town, and blow me down, it's another BH girl. I grew up in that fabulous part of the world, and I'm so pleased to read this post about your olive oil harvest.
    My husband and I often drizzle local BH oil over our salads and treat it like gold it's just so lovely. How wonderful to have 28 beautiful litres of your own!
    I can't believe that we read so many of the same blogs, Fox's Lane, Kate Berry, Gourmet Girlfried, Hillbarn (have you read Hilary's book, I'd highly recommend it, just beautiful).
    Anyway, just thought I would say hi. I will now go and explore your blog as I'm sure it will bring back great memories of the BH region and probably make me think about how we really should go back and see family as it's been almost a year already.

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    1. Hi Cal, lovely to meet you. No I haven't read Hilary's book but it has been on my to-read list for some time. Please call in again, happy autumn days to you!

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  17. Wow! That's a lot of olives to pick! Enjoy that beautiful fresh oil! xx

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    1. Hi Sarah Jane, yes we are enjoying our oil on everything...almost!

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  18. Just look at those gorgeous olives! Fabulous! :)

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  19. How fascinating! Thanks for sharing this whole process PS I love the pic of the thermos in the back of the truck.

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    1. Thank you Christina, very kind of you to call in :)

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane