Down here in Eastern Tasmania, the olives are fattening up. Thanks to some much needed rain at exactly the right time, we will have plenty of olives for oil this year, unlike the rest of Australia. By the end of July, we’ll have four delicious varieties of oil to offer, Frantoio, Correggiola, Manzanilla and Barnea. The Verdale, our most aromatic olive hasn’t fared so well with the drought, so we’re going to hard prune them by 50% in order to encourage more of that variety for next year. Less tree but possibly more olives per branch. It’s radical but it will work. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you’ll be the first to learn when the Verdale oil is ready next season. There won’t be much and subscribers will get first option to purchase.
Pruning will happen in Little Swanport on June 29 2019 if anyone feels like a day in the Tasmanian bush- come and join us! We promise good if cool weather, good company and a decent meal at the end of the day, maybe a bottle or two to take away!v Many hands make light work and it’s an interesting crew.
Before that, I’m off to Tel Aviv to look at some new Israeli varieties, so watch this space. I’ll bring back some Israeli olive oil for a subscriber giveaway!
The olives are fattening up!
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