Grove Update - So How Big Are Those Olives? March 03, 2014 10:48
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.
Soon we will harvest April 30, 2013 09:29
Check out these olives! This picture of the Manzanillo olives on the trees in the Villa grove. They are huge! Its been a fantastic growing season this year. We've had healthy trees and low rainfall - a drought in fact!
Looking to harvest in a week or so, around the 6th of May.
Interesting how the olives are green and black right next to each other.
Green Olive Harvest Begins April 04, 2013 03:35
Today I harvested the big green olive tree. We think it is a Uovo D'Piccione or UDP for short. We ended up with three of these among the Kalamata trees due to a mix up at the nursery. Its very hard to tell olive trees apart, especially when they are still seedlings resulting in nursery mix ups being a regular occurrence.
This one tree produced 14kg of fruit, which we will process and make available through the Olivery shop.
As the picture shows they are a large fruit, they have a nutty & light olive flavour.