The Olive Harvest that wasn't. In Italy there is a saying about the harvest, one year good one year bad. Judging by our olives this year and the fact that we had a bumper harvest last year this proved true. A few weeks ago having had a swift estimate of our crop and deciding we would struggle to reach our mills minimum requirement of at least 200 kilos, we sadly decided not to bother. This is not such a dreadful decision as thanks to our abundant harvest last year we still have plenty of oil left for our own purposes.
A side effect of the weather this year seems to be that many of the olives have turned black much earlier this year and as we had a reasonable crop on a few of our younger trees we decided to harvest these for putting in brine and using for cooking purposes.
So our work in the Olive Grove this year was on the advice of our neighbours a really good pruning of the trees.
|Same Tree After.|
If you are new to reading this blog since our last harvest and are disappointed not to be able to read all about our experiences, I can only apologise and direct you back to the previous posts on the subject of which over the years there have been quite a few.
I have posted an album of photos of the Olives, Olive Trees and our Pruning work on Google Plus for those that are interested in seeing a few more photos. The photos shared here are also taken from this album.
Olive Harvest 2012
Previous Olive Harvest Posts
Olive Harvest 2009 - Part One
Olive Harvest 2009 - Part Two
Olive Harvest 2010 - Che Disastro!
Our Olive Oil 2010
Olive Harvest 2011 - All Done
Olive Harvest 2011 - Picking
Olive Harvest 2011
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