From the Olive Harvest to Fresh Olive Oil
This year, I could start harvesting my olives in November, as the weather conditions were particularly favourable.
I started with the olive groves I have near Kalamaki.
The groves are on a slope and the olive trees fully benefit from the surrounding influences of the sea and the mountain.
Every other year, we have a very good harvest, and then the following year, we don't get so many olives as the trees need to recover.
This year should be a relatively low year, as we had a strong harvest last year. Still, when I checked my trees, there were plenty of olives so although the yield won't be as strong as last year, it won't be bad.
Also, the quality of the olives is very good. They are very healthy-looking, with a good size, colour and shine. It is now a perfect time to start harvesting them as they have reached the right level of maturity.
The team I work with placed the olive nets around the trees, and started to work, using electric handheld harvesters.