Today was olive harvest. I have never seen so many olives in my entire life – and we only have one tree !!!!
We have an olive tree in our backyard and each year the fruit has steadily been increasing in quantity. To understand this, here was last year’s harvest.
And, drum roll please…..here is this year’s bumper crop (along with our harvest of avocados).
We’ve estimated we probably have got about 30kg of olives of the one tree (maybe more). It was quite a challenge to pick them. Following the traditional Greek method of picking, we used a plastic rake and shook the tree so that the olives fell to the ground onto a sheet. Highly technical stuff !
In the end my partner E, had to get up on the top rung of the ladder as high as he could, to get to the precious ones on the top of the canopy. At risk of altitude sickness, E had to cut off some of the high branches, as apparently this helps the crop next year and thankfully, made the job of getting the olives from the top of tree much easier.
As you can see from this pic, some of them were huge.
So now the challenge is what to do with them ! I have got prepared and purchased a few big glass jars from Ikea, however we truly have more olives than we can poke a stick at. Now I’ve seen the harvest, I’ll need to go back and get more !!!
Olives are inedible straight from the tree. I also bought a 10kg bag of sea salt crystals so that we can experiment with different methods of pickling them – in pure salt and in a brine solution.
A big job ahead 🙂
Stayed tuned …