23 Feb Where does olive oil come from
Growing an olive is not as easy as it sounds. Oliva does not grow and does not bear fruit itself, unless a person makes maximum efforts. Young trees begin to bear fruit for 3-4 years; adult olives can produce from 50 to 100, sometimes up to 150 kg of olives.
Olives are harvested from late October and all of November. Harvesting olives is a painstaking and difficult task. Under each tree, mow the grass, then spread the grid, a special machine, vibrating, shakes off the olives from the tree. From each grid, olives are collected in boxes, and then sent to the creamery.
There, olives are first cleaned of twigs and leaves, then washed with warm water. Then they pass through the machine, which separates the pulp from the bones and sends it to the tank for grinding.
Well crushed pulp of olives enters the most mysterious machine – the centrifuge, where the pulp is pressed. All liquid, water and oil, is squeezed out and separated from each other. ⠀
Then the oil enters another mysterious machine – the separator, where the oil is cleared of pulp. And from there, olive oil comes to us! This is cold pressed, the most high-grade Extra Virgin oil.
But that’s not all! Pressed olive oil is placed in stainless steel barrels, where it is settled. A precipitate should settle. After all, olive oil is freshly squeezed juice, and the smallest particles of pulp in it still remain. So, the sediment was formed, now you can pour in bottles or cans.