9 months Talking to the Olive Tree
What does “Talk to the Olive Tree” means?
“Talk to the Olive Tree” is to take care of it everyday. We believe that is very important to live between the olive trees and learn trees language. Living in the estate we can help to the olive tree to obtain all it needs to produce the the best olive oil as possible. “Talk to the Olive Tree” is to see the sheets, check the irrigation of the tree, remove herbs, cut branches to improve illumination …
In Basilippo we have been working from the beginning to obtain a harvest method that causes minimal damages to the olive tree. Presently, our trees are already adults, so we use the vibration of the trunk using an inverted umbrella to collect the olives, and the branches are revised with an electric rake. The rake does not hit the olives directly and its extensible stick allows us to reach all the hidden parts of the tree, avoiding that the worker move on the blanket and may step on the olives. Furthermore, because of an early crop, the olives are greenest and it falls down with less facility, so we need the help of the electric rake.
In our estate “Hacienda Merrha” we practice an early harvest before ripening of the olives which begins around middle of October and takes between 60 and 90 days. The first olives harvested, completely green, are for Basilippo Gourmet “First Days of Harvest”, looking for quality above anything else, and a few days later started the veraison (olives take on a reddish colour between green and black) we use those olives to produce our Basilippo Selection Arbequina, searching for a perfect union between quality and quantity.