This fall, we were involved in a variety of harvesting activities. Our own olives were collected our selves. About 250 kg of olives, of which about 30 liters of oil. In addition, we were helping the neighbor Roberto in picking grapes and with a group of schoolchildren in collecting hemp.
Roberto’s Abruzzo Maremma sheepdog Inti also regularly visits Casa Martin. He has also taken it as his territory and acts as our guard dog when he is there.
You can’t be surprised by hunger in Italy. We are having luch in Restaurant Domus. Roberto first in right.
The olives are harvested from the tree in nets, from which they are collected in sacks. A battery-powered tool has been developed for dropping olives.
The Suzuki Jimny left by the previous owner works as a tractor for us. The back seats are replaced by a platform. There is decent four-wheel drive that goes well up hills. In autumn, when it starts to get wet, the rear tires have snow chains.
The olives are taken to the press, which is set up in the basement of the residential building. The oil comes from the seeds. You can pick up the oil the next day.
Fresh oil is like nectar. In half a year, it clears into normal oil and the taste becomes milder. This year the oil was more yellow, perhaps due to the dry and hot summer. Previously years almost green.
The hemp was collected by hand this year. A group of schoolchildren was helpful in collecting and getting to know the matter. Oil and flour can be obtained from the seeds. Roberto’s restaurant in Domus has hemp-themed dinners after the harvest. Hemp is particularly healthy and is added to many foods.