Olivery News

Olive Tree Pruning October 18, 2019 13:04

Geoff doing the mahi in the grove. A video of olive tree pruning.

Olives Win Class Champion.... again September 26, 2019 14:14

At the recently held Royal Easter Show Olive Awards we were delighted to receive the Class Champion awards for 

Finalist - NZ Artisan Awards August 15, 2019 15:13

YES! Telegraph Hill is a finalist in the 2019 Artisan Awards.  We entered...

Label Colour Inspiration May 28, 2019 13:07

New labels.  How we made a major label refresh and kept it true to Telegraph Hill.

Why You Should Cook With Extra Virgin Olive Oil November 2, 2018 11:18

Smoke point is not a good measure to determine the stability of an oil when cooking.

Less is More Olives January 31, 2018 08:45

Telegraph Hill Olives NZ

My favourite olive tree. It always produces the biggest olives and a lot of them.

The heavy pruning earlier in the season has exaggerated this, it is looking like the experiment of more pruning = less olives = larger olives is working.  Roll on Harvest.


Olive Oil Candle January 11, 2018 00:00

Burning an Olive Oil Candle at Telegraph Hill...

Telegraph Hill Olive Tree Pruning December 28, 2017 11:49

Read Geoff's theory on this years pruning....

November in the Olive Grove November 20, 2017 16:31

Telegraph Hill Olive Grove
See how to spot a set flower on an Olive tree, and the mechanics of flowering.

Whats Geoff (the owner) of Telegraph Hill look like? August 24, 2017 13:00

Adam and Eve from The Adam and Eve Show on TV2 visited Telegraph Hill.  They didn’t know what they were going to be doing at the Olivery.

They made a show of us all picking and spitting olives.  It was a fun time, excuse my nervous start, we got into the swing of things eventually!

Geoff


Olives and Pigs June 19, 2017 16:46

Pig Telegraph Hill Olive Grove

 

Pigs.  The wild pigs at the Mohaka grove are the bain of Brad. When I visit the grove to look at the trees, the first thing I have to do is look at the photos of Brads close encounters with the natural wild life.

And it is wild. 

If he spots one without his gun he’s not getting out of the tractor cab.  ‘They’ll go ya’ he says.  He has photos of the pigs alive and dead, taken from the cab and standing in the rows, and of course great stories about the ones that got away.

He likes to hunt, but his point is this: One pig makes a lot of damage.  They root amongst the trees and destroy the ground, making unseen ruts and bumps that the tractor and gear crashes and bangs through.  This slows down the speed of grove spraying and mowing and can damage the gear. “They’re costing us Geoff” he says (and they taste good)


Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Have you really got it? June 9, 2017 16:35

Telegraph Hill Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I gave a large bottle of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a foodie friend, who immediately made all the right noises (oohed and aahed special thanks etc), then implied they would use it sparingly. I had a Stop The Bus moment.

I asked my friend to use it on everything, every time the family sat down to a meal  I asked that she had the oil bottle out and dressed her food with it. Every time I said. Put it on everything.  It will enrich and enhance your food. Enjoy all of it, in a short space of time.

Two weeks later I got a message from my friend, we’ve run out, she said. We did what you said, it was amazing, and we now need some more, our food is not as good without Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

This made me think, wow, I have huge respect for this friend and her food skills, I’ve known her for 15 years, I’ve had this business 13 of those years, shes been a constant customer, yet she didn’t get extra virgin olive oil until now.  Have you got it?

Geoff


Time to celebrate! Gold for Telegraph Hill on the world stage. April 26, 2017 21:48

Telegraph Hill has had yet another successful year at the Olive Japan 2017 Extra Virgin Olive Oil awards announced on 24th April  2017. 

GOLD - Roast Garlic Infused Olive Oil 
GOLD - Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime & Chilli Infused Olive Oil
SILVER - Thyme, Sage and Rosemary Olive Oil

OLIVE JAPAN International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is one of the premier olive oil competitions in the world. Last years competition had over 600 entries! We are delighted 3 of our products have been recognised at this level against such tough competition from around the globe.

These awards are also a huge help in cementing our steadily growing niche in the Japanese market.

To find out more about the Olive Japan 2017 competition here


Olive Harvest 2017 - Tips for you at home! March 24, 2017 11:30

The olive harvest at Telegraph Hill is almost underway and this year it is running to schedule - bang on time with a medium sized olive crop. 

The first variety of olives harvested are an Italian variety called Ouvo D'Piccione, known for their large green fruit. These are ready to be harvested now at two of our groves.

Manzanillo Olives are next - this is the main crop which is harvested from 8 groves dotted around Hawkes Bay. 

Kalamata Olives are the final variety harvested around mid May - see these trees next time you visit The Olivery.

Here are some tips on harvesting your own crop!

- Sun ripened olives should have some variation in their colour. This is called quid pro quo and allows for not only colour variation but better flavours that only tree-ripened olives can produce.

- Once harvested make sure you use Olives swiftly - once picked the quality and flavour can deteriorate quickly. 

- To cure your own olives follow this method

- If you are interested in having your crop pressed into Olive Oil contact these Hawkes Bay based businesses

Olivewood Farm Partnership - Julie and Zane / 0272784947 / 06 8367923

Ken Mark / 06 8749455

Happy harvesting!


Our Latest Silverware! October 31, 2016 17:00

Our Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil (bottled as Medium Intensity Extra Virgin Olive Oil) has won a SILVER medal at this year's New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards earlier this month.

This consistent all-rounder is smooth - not too strong or peppery! and can be used liberally on all dishes to enhance and enrich.  A delicious, nutritious, guilt-free superfood!

 


Our Latest Silverware! October 31, 2016 17:00

Our Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil (bottled as Medium Intensity Extra Virgin Olive Oil) has won a SILVER medal at this year's New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards earlier this month.

This consistent all-rounder is smooth - not too strong or peppery! and can be used liberally on all dishes to enhance and enrich.  A delicious, nutritious, guilt-free superfood!