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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Olive harvest

Olive harvest has been and gone for another year.  On the day prior to Anzac Day, with the help of kind family volunteers we picked around 200kg of the mixed olive varieties that grow around our woolshed, sheep yards and house. 


Each year we have thoughts about gatherings friends to pick olives and later sharing a feast by our fire.  In reality, once again at the last minute we grabbed a spare day that coordinated with our local olive press and jumped straight into it.  A fellow local olive grower describes olive picking as character building, and he is right.  


We rose early on the morning of Anzac Day and attended our local Dawn Service, leaving our ute loaded with olives parked in the dark, solemn street.   I am not sure how many other people travel to Anzac Day commemorations with their olives but that is the way we seem to roll. 


Terry spent the rest of Anzac Day at the press and by that evening we were testing some very fresh, golden oil on chunks of sourdough.


The sediment is slowly settling and we have at least twelve months supply in storage. When we planted our olive trees, oil seemed like a distance, dreamy vision.  Now, we have not bought oil for several years.  I still find it rather amazing.

Wishing you a happy weekend my friends.

What are you up to?

31 comments :

  1. Not a single olive on my tree this year. It's put on an enormous growth spurt of new leaf and branches, so much so it toppled in the recent rain. It was so top heavy with the wet leaves. One side of it has not rooted at all. It's got roots on three sides and no amount of deep watering will encourage them to go deeper. It's in an ideal spot in my garden but there ain't nothing doing in the fruiting department. Any feeding just encourages more leaf. Give up?

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    1. I am really not sure about this Katie...my technical knowledge is very limited. How old is the tree?

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  2. I find amazing too Jane! I can't imagine how nice freshly pressed olive oil must be - yum!!
    Hope you have a good weekend!
    Sarah x

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  3. I am just a wee bit envious - I'll bet your oil tastes extra good knowing where it has come from!

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    1. Thanks Amanda, yes like most things out taste buds tend to be bias when it comes to something that is home produced!

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  4. Amazing indeed Jane, and congratulations! It must be a wonderful feeling to have it all done and dusted for another year. We collected olives from a very old tree on a friends farm and preserved them, is that the right word? Anyway they were delicious.

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    1. Thanks Jane. Yes, we say preserved! I am pleased you had success, preserving olives successfully can be tricky.

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  5. How delicious! Only one olive on the trees this year, though I must admit they are in pots and I pruned them fairly hard! Well done Jane, enjoy the bounty of your harvest.

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, I am sure your trees in pots look lovely. Tough little trees aren't they? x

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  6. Wonderful post! That is exactly what we were doing last weekend!
    Yes it is character building ..and thank heavens for our neighbours who helped us. How exciting, our very own organic olive oil!

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    1. Thanks Julie...enjoy your hard earned oil!

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  7. How fantastic to produce your own olive oil. I must confess that I no longer use olive oil as I use rapeseed oil because it's locally produced and does the same job, albeit with a different flavour. I imagine that fresh oil on sourdough tasted sublime. Does the taste of the oil change through the year when it's stored?

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    1. Thanks Anne, good to hear you can source oil locally. I have not used rapeseed oil before. We don't notice a huge change in taste in the oil, except that is loses that really fresh taste that we experience in those first few days after pressing.

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  8. How wonderful, when I think of all the things I can make homemade it's never olive oil. Amazing!

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    1. Thanks Cheri, it really is amazing. I barely believe it myself sometimes!

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  9. Hi Jane! It was so lovely to read this... I used to work in the olive oil industry and I know how precious a bottle of fresh pressed, 100% olive oil can be. You are so lucky to be able to do this yourself! And on fresh sourdough? Pure heaven. Happy weekend! :) xEmilie

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    1. Thanks Emilie, how interesting that you have inside knowledge of the olive industry. I am sure we could learn a few of the finer points from you! Happy weekend to you too x

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  10. 200kg of olives harvested, wow that is impressive. Home grown and pressed olive oil must be something special. Enjoy all your hard work. x

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    1. Thanks so much Zara. In the big scheme of things 200kg is really not much...still we are proud of our little crop x

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  11. what a wonderful thing jane, to be able to look in your pantry and see - and use - your own olive oil. it would make every meal very special.

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    1. Thanks e, it is pretty amazing!

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  12. Hi Jane! I love Olives - and yours look great. I bet the oil tastes absolutely delicious. Enjoy your sourdough and your fresh oil. I always come away from your blog hungry - which is great! Here's to another week. x

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    1. Thanks for calling in Donna, great to have you back in blog land x

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  13. Oh Im so jealous! How lovely to have a years supply of oil and to know you have grown it yourselves…..enjoy x

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  14. Glorious. Amazing. So happy for you! :)

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  15. i'm so impressed jane..i just might have to plant some olive trees..how long did yours take to fruit? x

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    1. Thanks Jane, we have several different varieties and they took around 4 or 5 years to fruit. They don't seem to fruit each year, but tend to have an off year x

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  16. What a wonderful, wonderful blog! I have lots of lovely reading to catch up on.

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