Sunday, April 19, 2009
This weekend we were picking olives on our trees. There was a bumper crop on the 12 trees that we have planted on our property.
The warm dry climate and the soil seem to be ideal for growing olives on the Island.
We needed to have a delivery truck, bring us a load of water last week, as we have not had rain in ages.
We had to make a cross slit in each olive, that will allow the water and salt to penetrate the fruit drawing the bitterness and also preserving them.
They need to be soaked in the brine for about 10 - 12 days, changing the brine every day.
Then they can be poured into glass jars left plain or with garlic, or lemon juice to flavour.
I will go on the lookout for some nice glass jars to store them in. I do like those antique stone jars and the very nice old glass jars.
I am not fond of olives, but I can eat them. I love olive oil and use that all the time.
What put me off them, was when I was young and eating a salad and what I thought was a grape turned out to be an olive.
It was fun though harvesting them and to get a crop from the trees we had planted was exciting and to be able to share them with those that do enjoy olives.
Do you like olives?
I hope that you are having an enjoyable weekend