From Olive to Olive oil
From Olive to
It is not easy to establish the right date to start the harvest valid for all zones, because some cultivars arrive earlier to maturation: generally speaking the best moment is when the drupe start ripening , that is when the skin begins to darken. It is good to keep in mind that the complete maturation of the drupe does not coincide at all with the best quality of the oil to obtain an excellent extra virgin oil the harvest should be done before the biological cycle is completed. Many producers pick the olives late because they are erroneously convinced that the yield increases. The yield increase is only apparent, as with the dehydration of the fruit varies the ratio between the total weight and the extracted oil, but not the overall quantity of oil that can be extracted from fruit. It can be considered a general rule that if healthy olives, well conserved and optimally worked give oil with acidity superior to 0.5 the harvest was late.
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