Olives picked today are processed tonight. Here is some pictures from last nights processing.
I find the olives always look better at night, I think it is 'selective seeing' in the low light...certainly the spills look smaller until the next day.
I use this equipment to deleaf and size out the small olives. The large olives go into barrels and vats for fermentation in brine and the smalls get pressed for oil within 24 hours..
Have had a lot of inquiries for Fresh Olives for home curing, so have made these available on the website. Check them out.
Some pictures from this years harvest .
Do you want to taste more in your meals?
This fun evening will help you evaluate flavours in food. You can apply this knowledge to olives and olive oil at the evening, and every time you eat or drink afterwards.
Recognise what part of your mouth tastes
Test your nose, can you pick a scent?
If you have ever wondered what it is in a good olive or good oil you are supposed to recognise then this is for you.
Join us for a relaxed evening, where you will get the chance to educate your palate and apply these learnings to olives and olive oil (& life of course!).
Date : Thursday 26th June 7.30pm
Location: Common Room, 227 Heretaunga st East, Hastings, Hawke's Bay
The fine print. We recommend you eat dinner prior to coming. As part of the evening you will be required to taste and smell liquid and solid samples. Cash bar operating, you can sup while evaluating!
In January I had the opportunity to visit the Spanish Institute of Agriculture, in Cordoba, Spain. This is a government organisation of scientists who investigate olives. They are experts in growing olives and specialise in DNA coding olives to ensure varieties are pure. As you could imagine an amazing amount of knowledge held be this organisation and the people who work in it. Our Hosts Angela and Jarvier led us on a walk through the 'Olive Library'. A grove with 800 different varieties. I was like a kid in a toy shop as we browsed the different shapes and colours of olives. We've started investigating how to bring in some of these varieties for us to grow & produce different tasting olives. It is a long and expensive process just to get them into the country. Bio security is a serious threat to horticulture. The Olive Fly is one we know about, we do not have it in NZ, and do not want it! The Olive Fly is a bug that can devastate crops. It is a small larvae that eats into the fruit as it ripens. You can see olive fly larvae eating through the olive in this picture.
I will keep you posted on developments!
Here is a picture from today of Kalamata Olive tree 'H4' or 'Heddie' as Eddie its owner likes to call it. We are pleased to report that this tree is flourishing. You can see the new growth rising 600mm above the stump.
Eddie has chosen well!
The next picture is of F8, our 'slow starter'. Transplanted in October at the same time as the rest of the trees, this tree is the last to sprout. You can just see on the right hand side of the tree a small shoot - approx 20mm long.
This is especially pleasing as it means we had a 100% success rate with the transplanted trees.
With Harvest fast approaching (May) we are starting to asses how the olives are doing. Big change this year, I am measuring the olives and recording their size. This is to give a benchmark for future years as to where the olives are at. I hope to make better growing and harvest decisions as a result. The ultimate objective is to grow larger olives by changing the variables on the grove.
This picture show the Manzanillo tree at the Olivery. At 19mm it is a big fruit for this time of year. The average width is around 16mm.
Good tree health and a continuation of the good summer weather will help these olives size up in the next 8 weeks.
Eddie is our youngest olive tree adopter. His recent visit (Oct 2013) was soon after our transplanting of the Kalamata Olives. We tracked his tree from its old location to new. It has a new number (H4) and Eddie has appropriately named it 'Heddie'.
We gave Eddie the choice of new tree but he chose to stay with this one. Well done Eddie we like your loyalty!
We are pleased to report that 33 of the 34 transplanted trees are growing well with plenty of new growth. One has not sprouted yet, but we are remaining positive!
'Heddie' at 31 December 2014, some sprouts coming....
If your tree has moved we will let you know your new number with March packages.
Remember we have a product guarantee - we guarantee your products even in a bad year (and this will be a bad year for 'Heddie' & other transplanted olive trees)
All march packages will contain 6 pouches of yummy olives.