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Olives

Postby Patricia » Wed May 24, 2006 6:51 pm

I have just finished bottling my first crop of Kalamatta Olives (7 olives in total)...don't laugh...I made up my own recipe etc for preserving & they did turn out okay..I know this is not a direct gardening question...but thought someone might be able to give me a recipe or the correct procedure for preserving!! :
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Postby Sam » Wed May 24, 2006 8:52 pm

Nothing is as strange as the fact that my husband and I don't eat olives, yet spent ages pickling and preserving 10 kg a few years ago to give as gifts.

Since then we have planted our own tree and had our first crop!

Basically, olives must be brined or treated first - basically cracking them, or cutting thru to the stone, and then soak in water, changing weekly for about five weeks, then soak in a brine solution for at least a couple of weeks.

Then they are ready for preserving in olive oil and herbs.

Good luck!
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Postby Damien » Wed May 24, 2006 9:15 pm

Cant you just eat them? lol

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Postby Pokie » Wed May 24, 2006 9:30 pm

Damien wrote:Cant you just eat them? lol

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You wouldnt want to do that Damien! They are REALLY sour!
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Postby Beginner Gardener » Wed May 24, 2006 11:56 pm

A question about olive trees as I have only recently planted one. What sort of yearly yield can one expect from a fully mature olive tree?
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Postby kitkat » Thu May 25, 2006 2:43 pm

From one to fifty KG per tree depending on type and season. There are oil types and eating type olives so it's best to know which you want.
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Postby Luzy » Thu May 25, 2006 4:45 pm

Congratulations on your first harvest, Patricia! :D
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Postby Patricia » Fri May 26, 2006 8:34 pm

Thanks to everyone..meanwhile I am going to try & source some from other growers (I am told that Woolies also sell them)...we manage to go through at least a bottle a week!!
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Postby kitkat » Sun May 28, 2006 2:41 pm

For your info
Last nights Gardening Australia on the ABC featured olives and according to Peter Campbell there is now a fact sheet on preserving olives on the website. .
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Postby Sam » Sun May 28, 2006 4:41 pm

I am so glad you reminded me about that fact sheet!

Saw the story - great to get the ideas about how to prune the trees.

Here's the link to the fact sheet:

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1648136.htm
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Postby Pokie » Sun May 28, 2006 7:00 pm

LOL. I was just about to recommend that fact sheet. :P
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