Friday, October 3, 2008

The Olives are Beginning to Ripen

We have different varieties of olives growing in our yard. Some are called Nolca and are good fried. For a recipe take a look at my other blog. We have already harvested those. In late October/early November we'll harvest the olives that we'll press to make our own oil.

In this photo, my husband and oldest son are gathering another kind of olive that is treated in a saltwater and lime solution. That may sound strange, but I assure you the result is delicious! These olives are very large and green. Forgive me if I don't know the name of the variety, but we are really not farmers!

The photo is a bit dark, but it was a dark day. Quite a change from the perfect blue skies I showed you this summer!

8 comments:

Knoxville Girl said...

I like the overcast sky; somehow it fits the picture of harvesting olives, but I don't know why I feel that.
How long does it take to press olives into oil? I wish I had some olive trees - I use olive oil all the time.

tr3nta said...

Nice 'controluce' just takes the best of the silhouettes...

Olivier said...

bonne collecte des olives, j'aime l'huile d'olive dans les bonnes salades du Sud de la France.

good harvest olives, I like the olive oil in good salads South of France.

babooshka said...

It's a brooding image. The thougt of the fresh olives is just mouthwatering.

Hilda said...

Oh my goodness, you even have your own olive trees? Wow and yummy!

Lovely father and son moment! And I can imagine you squatting below them. :D

Saretta said...

Knoxville Girl, olive harvesting takes place in the fall so it's often a gray day when we do it. We have our olives pressed at a local olive mill. It takes about half a day.

Trenta, I kind of liked it, but I wasn't sure!

Olivier, yes, olive oil is delicious on salads and lots of dishes!

Babooshka & Hilda, I wanted to capture a moment when they were both reaching and looking up, intent on what they were doing. And, yes, if there's one thing we've got around here it's lots of olives!

valeria said...

It's such a nice photo, Saretta. You should frame it. It communicates a special closeness, a bond, between father and son... So sweet.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

hi saretta, i want to reproduce your fried olive recipe, but i cant find enough information on nolca olives. can you find me a close up photo of the olives on the tree, so i can compare them with the cretan varieties of olives? i'd really appreciate that, thanks!