Thursday, October 16, 2008

Olives. Lots and lots of Olives

In our new house we have a big olive tree in the back. The tree has lots and lots of olives on it and they are going from green to purple to black. Our neighbor told that they are ready for picking. People say that if you don't pick the fruit one year the tree doesn't give as much fruit the next year, so yesterday we decided to have a Masik (olive picking).

It's not actually picking, more like shaking. We spread out on old sheet on the ground and shook the branches so that the olives would fall to the ground. The tree is big and tall so we went up to the upstairs window and shook the higher branches from there. I guess we got about a fourth of the olives off the tree.

We also picked olives off of a smaller olive tree we also have. It's and different kind of olive tree.

The big tree, someone told me was Kalamata, the olives are pointy and turn purple and then black. The little tree has big round olives that stay green.

When we were tired of shaking the tree and figured we have enough olives off of it, we collected the fallen olives from the cloth on the ground into a bucket.

So now we have lots of olives I don't really know what to do with. But if the tree went to the trouble of having them I figure it would be a waste not to do anything with them.


RivkA with a capital A said...

You can find olive recipes on line.

The quick and easy, after washing and drying the olives, place them in a bag and hit with a hammer to crack the olives. Then place is a container (glass is best) with water, salt (lots of salt), lemmon rounds, garlic, and pepper corns. Let sit, in shady area, for at least a month.

Good luck!

Mia said...

Thanks. Thats what I plan to do with some of them but I was told to first soak them in water for a week changing the water everyday.