Olive picking has started.

Our olives are finally ready for picking! ¬†Look at the trees, they are loaded, right? ¬†Well, not really. ¬†Olives can be very alternate bearing, and this is their off year. ¬†Since there aren’t that many though, the sizes are looking good. ¬† ¬†IMG_1491.JPG

So how can you tell when olives are ready to be picked?  When you can see a ring of oil around the perimeter of a cut like below.  IMG_1502.JPG

Speaking of oil, check out what happens when you squeeze a fresh olive that’s ready to be picked‚Ķ. ¬†

Look at the size of the olives this year!  For the manzanillo variety, these are HUGE.  They could be stuffed which all kinds of stuff after they are cured…..

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How are olives picked you ask? ¬†Good question! ¬†Some olives that are used for oil are machine harvested. ¬†There are even some people planting new varieties that are for canning, but can be machine harvested. ¬†But some of our trees are close to 100 years old, so we harvest by hand. ¬†So it’s easy to see why sometimes olives are expensive! ¬†Each person on the harvest crew can pick¬†about 550lbs per day‚Ķ.using this method. ¬†¬†

Here’s hoping we have a good harvest this year. ¬†We might even cure a few buckets of olives ourselves‚Ķ…

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