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olive tree is an evergreen tree or shrub native to the Mediterranean,
Asia and parts of Africa. It is short and squat, and rarely exceeds
8–15 meters in height. The silvery green leaves are oblong in
shape, measuring 4–10 cm long and 1–3 cm wide. The trunk is
typically gnarled and twisted.
The small white flowers, with ten-cleft calyx and corolla, two stamens and bifid stigma, are borne generally on the last year's wood, in racemes springing from the axils of the leaves.
The fruit is a small drupe 1 – 2.5 cm long, thinner-fleshed and smaller in wild plants than in orchard cultivars. Olives are harvested at the green stage or left to ripen to a rich purple colour (black olive). Canned black olives may contain chemicals that turn them black artificially.
Source: from Koehler's Medicinal-Plants 1887
Olives trees come in to bloom late in spring and early summer. They cast out eye-catching clusters of delicate white flowers, behind which the fruit form.
During the heat of summer the fruit takes shape and size. For this reason it is important to provide irrigation so that the trees have enough water available to produce healthy fruit. There are more than 800 trees in our Clackline Valley Olives grove and each of them receives water from the large storage dam on the property.
At our grove we have plantings of the following varieties of olives:
It is usually when autumn begins to show its colours that the olives are ready to be harvested. Harvest does not happen in one event, but rather over a period of time. Some fruit ripen earlier than others, and these are picked and processed when they are ready. Other fruit may take more than a month to reach the stage of ripeness we desire, and these are harvested as the season progresses. Each olive is hand picked and carefully handled to ensure the premium quality of the oil.
The olives are transported to a nearby factory where they are cold pressed to become extra virgin oil. The oil is brought home for natural settling in very large stainless steel tanks set up in a temperature controlled environment.
We bottle the oil at our property and package it into custom-made cartons for protection and despatch to customers.
Our oil reflects the granite sub-soils of the district, displaying a fine gold colour, an aroma of fresh fruit, and a rich taste. This oil is the perfect compliment to any pasta dish, fresh or cooked vegetables, pan or roasted meats, barbeques, chicken, fish and crusty bread or toast. Please check out some of our favourite recipes for you to enjoy.
Unfiltered oil sometimes retains particle residue of the pressing process. Therefore it is possible to see deposits in the bottle after it leaves our care despite the earlier natural settling period. These deposits are like the dregs found in fine wines and are not at all harmful to the consumer or detrimental to the oil.
Our oil does not have an expiry date. It is best consumed within two years of the harvest, but it will remain usable long after that.
You may be intrigued to learn of some of the uses olive oil is put to.