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The Olive Season is Upon Us  

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Today, we started to pick. Our process is to cut the branches first which means we can pick from a sitting position (hopefully in the sunshine). We rotate the trees so that those we cut produce every second year. We don't have that many trees but using this system last year we picked 280 kgs of olives. We kept 10 kgs to eat and the remainder produced 29 litres of oil from the local press. Hoping for similar this year 🤔 

Any tips from seasoned (no pun) olive pickers? Is this a good system and interested to hear any recommendations for the brining process.

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Gerry

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Hope the picking went well @gerry and that the pressing is fruitful 🙂 

We had to leave our Portuguese house on Tuesday (to come back to the UK to finish packing before finally moving out on Thursday week), and left a neighbour picking our olives. Apparently he picks them, gets them pressed and keeps a share of the oil for his work. Hopefully we'll have some olive oil when we get back!

We've a tree in the garden that we can use for brining, so looking forward to giving that a go too.

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Thanks @wosiebeegs

Managed to reach the half way point over the weekend but rain now forecast up to Wednesday so back at it later in the week.

Good luck with your packing and I bet you are counting the days....... 

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@gerry That's something to look forward to then! Hope the rain isn't too bad.

We're both just feeling quite nervous at the moment, but I suppose that's to be expected. Lorry arrives next Monday so best get on I guess ... 🙂 

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We are looking for people to go into a co-op with us and our olives. If there is anyone else around the Castelo de Vide/Portalegre area and keen to combine, please let me know.

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Can't wait to swap olive harvest stories with ya'all 😎 🥂 

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