Olive harvests have been a part of autumn for thousands of years in this Mediterranean region in which we’ve chosen to make our part-time home. The importance of olives and their oil to mankind’s rituals and rights have been recorded since ancient times by the likes of Homer, Virgil, Aristophanes and Pliny the Elder.
So Harvest Day is a big deal at our house. A Very. Big. Deal. Frankly, we’ve surprised ourselves at how much we love growing olives.
Greece is home to some 520,000 olive growers,
many who use the traditional hand-pick methods.
--- Bloomberg, 2014
It’s been crazy weather here - sporadic downpours mixed with summer-like-temperatures -- so it shouldn’t have surprised us that Saturday morning dawned with a few clouds, some sun and was so hot and humid that you could work up a sweat with minimal amounts of movement.
It was olive harvest day at the Stone House on the Hill.
|A view of our back garden area -ready for harvest|
|Part of the crew and their harvest tools|
|The harvest begins. . .|
|Olive harvest is underway in our area of The Mani|
|Olives are then put in burlap sacks|
|Larger twigs are removed before bagging the remainder done at the plant|
Our friend Yiannis (pictured) hauled the bags for us
|Then and Now - a striking contrast in olive oil production|
|Everyone - not just us rookies - take photos at the plant|
|There they go. . .|
|On the way to olive oil. . .|
Our harvest crew had gathered to watch the ‘fruits of their labors’ be turned into oil and voila’ . . .
|Oil to the left, water to the right. . .siga, siga!|
|There is such an adrenalin rush when the oil comes out the faucet!|
‘If you collect them early and are prepared to stock them,
you won’t have any damage
and the oil will turn out to be green, and the best.’
--- Pliney, the Elder, Roman author, AD 23 – AD 79
|Less than 24 hours old - a nectar of the Gods|
Hope to see you back next week when we’ll have some more Greek tales for you from The Stone House on the Hill. . .
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