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Geoff Crawford

Green Olive Harvest Begins

  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.    

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Geoff Crawford

Cabernet wine & Olive Oil Easter eggs

Cabernet drizzle and olive oil centers, with dark chocolate coat. In what perhaps is a world first, Vinnie Beaumont at Telegraph Hill has made a cabernet wine and olive oil Easter egg. This is definitely an egg for adult taste, while sweet from the cabernet drizzle, the olive oil gives richness and depth, with a chocolate coated finish.  These delectable eggs are strictly adults only! The gooey centre is made of Cabernet Drizzle and Olive Oil.  Utilising his Chef skills Vinnie has combined these two ingredients into a gooey centre.  Then covered with dark chocolate.  With each egg just a...

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Geoff Crawford

Olives New Zealand DVD

 View this latest promotional DVD from Olives New Zealand the national body for growers in NZ. It gives a good background on growing olives and what it is that makes New Zealand olive oil so good.

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Geoff Crawford

Kalamata olive grafts

You can clearly see the graft splicing into the existing trunk and branches.  It looks to be a good bond.  The bond will be tested in the years ahead as the branch gains weight and volume. This is year three for these Kalamata grafts.  It has been two and a half years since they were grafted, so this year is the first fruit. While its only a small quantity on this graft it is a promising start. Interestingly another graft tree has grown faster than this one it is three meters tall.  It has no fruit this year.  Our theory...

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